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3 February, 2021

Blacks Beach residents voice frustrations to whitsunday MP about 'horrifc traffic'

Residents across the Northern Beaches have expressed frustration about the state of the Mackay – Bucasia Rd as many reported being stuck in long traffic jams.

By Andrew Sorensen

Amanda Camm said her children have complained about the two hour bus trips to get to School. Photo: Aayush Srivastava

Many reached out to the State Member for Whitsunday, Amanda Camm, to see some improvements done to the road.

Ms Camm said on Facebook there was a need to recognise that Mackay’s livability and productivity was being impacted.

She said she believes the Northern Beaches growth had to be supported through infrastructure investment.

"There's another major issue with our road network is the lack of investment that we seen from the state government to support the growth in the region," Ms Camm said.

"I have also been stuck in the horrific traffic due to school being back."

“My kids are complaining about the two-hour bus trip it takes to get into Mackay and similarly on the return.

She said she would develop a petitioning and lobbying plan to “send a message that Labor’s commitment of $750,000 for planning out to 2024 is not good enough.”

“In the first instance, had requested a meeting with Department of Transport and Main Roads and I have meeting with the regional director and the local director this Thursday,” she said.

“I also have a meeting with Mayor Greg Williamson this Thursday and I also placed a call to Councillor Michelle Green.

“Just to see if she was receiving the number of complaints as well.”

She said the meetings with Mackay Regional Council would be focused on plans on local roads to support growth.

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