by staff writers
Martial law has begun in Queensland under the pretext of keeping a moderately dangerous flu virus out of Aboriginal communities. The huge land mass of Cape York Peninsula has been closed off to visitors.
Police roadblocks are in place at Mt Carbine at the southern entrance to Cape York, another west of Chillagoe to keep vehicles from heading to Kowanyama aboriginal community at the bottom of Cape York and another at Lakeland to keep vehicles from entering Cooktown and Hopevale Aboriginal community.
Airline Skytrans, which is owned by football legend Jonathon Thurston and NSW-based Rex Airlines which service Cape York and Torres Strait have all but closed down.
No aircraft are flying into the Northern Peninsula Area and with the road access closed by floodwater at the Wenlock River the NPA communities are effectively closed to the world. Goods are being shipped in by state government-owned Sea Swift barges from Cairns.
The economic loss to all businesses and Aboriginal communities on Cape York from the absence of tourists right at the start of the tourist season will be astronomical. At its Weipa mine Rio Tinto last week shut down production and stood down employees for an indefinite period due to a lack of ships to transport quarry material, eg. bauxite, to China and other countries.
Few domestic planes are flying into Cairns and international flights have ceased. Cairns has lost 100 per cent of its tourist industry and the economic loss will oversee mass bankruptcies across the region. No amount of government subsidies and handouts will enable the majority of these small businesses to survive.
In 12 months time a recovered China will step into Cairns and en masse swoop on every stricken or shut down business and end up owning the lot. Not a wimper will be heard from the China sycophants of the ALP/LNP duopoly.
What are dumbed-down Australians going to do about it? Vote for tweedle dee instead of tweedle dumb?
There may be no state or federal elections for several years.
This is what happens after a generation of treacherous party politicians has sold out Australian manufacturing and real estate to China and Asia.
Will these politicians be caught up in Trump’s snare?
The dangerous state of the Burke Development Road west of Chillagoe in Far North Queensland has prompted calls from local truck drivers to close the road until it can be repaired.
In the past week there have been two motor vehicle accidents, one a roll over resulting in serious injuries requiring the Cairns rescue chopper to evacuate the victims to hospital.
The Transport and Main Roads Department in Cairns and Member for Leichardt Warren Entsch were notified three days ago about the dangerous condition of a 40 klm section of the main arterial road to Kowanyama and Normanton yet no action has been taken.
Mareeba Shire Council says it has no funds to upgrade the road, however a maintenance crew was working on the Wrotham Park end of the road and heading west.
NO ACTION TAKEN BY TRANSPORT AND MAIN ROADS DEPT OR MEMBER FOR LEICHARDT, WARREN ENTSCH
Katters Australian Party Member for Leichardt Dan McCarthy said he had driven on the road several times in the past and it had always been in need of repair.
“This road is disgraceful and trucks are getting wrecked trying to drive over it. I know of a transport operator at Dimbulah who refuses to use it. I have been advised the side tracks through the bush are now getting cut up and it really is unsafe to use,” Mr McCarthy said.
“Like the gravel sections of the Peninsula Development Road, the TMR just refuses to fix it. I will be ensuring federal money is forthcoming to have a major upgrade so the Kowanyama people and locals can use it.”
Triple road trains carrying gravel to Kowanyama from a local quarry over the past month have destroyed the soft clay loam road surface.
Chillagoe transport operator Karyl Struber said the road should be closed until it is repaired, but the deep dust holes were beyond a grader and water truck. She said it would need major works before reopening.
“It is disgusting and not safe. It is not right and little money ever gets spent on it,” Ms Struber said.
“Tourist buses and people from Kowanyama use this road and if a bus load of kids had an accident there would be big trouble.” –contributed