Roadside cameras to detect motorists using mobile phones and people not wearing seatbelts will be rolled out permanently in Queensland within weeks.
- It will be illegal for drivers to hold a phone in their hand or have it resting on any part of their body
- Some of the cameras will be mobile
- Forty-three people who died in crashes in 2020 were not wearing a seatbelt
A six-month trial of fixed and portable cameras in secret locations began in July last year.
The state government said during the trial more than 15,000 people were detected illegally using a phone while driving and more than 2,200 people were found not wearing a seatbelt.
Transport and Main Roads Minister Mark Bailey said the time had arrived for the cameras to be made permanent.
“Some of the cameras will be mobile — and we won’t be telling people where they are either,” he said.
“Drivers should expect to be caught anywhere, anytime, whether they’re driving in the city or on a regional highway.
“We’re really unashamed about this. If you’re risking the lives of other people on the roads, then you deserve an offence, you deserve to be held to account.
“Driving distracted with your mobile phone is the drink driving of this era.”
Mr Bailey said using a phone while driving has the same impact as driving with a blood alcohol reading of between 0.07 and 0.10. – from ABC
Report a camera
Cairns News is establishing a page for camera location reports. When you spot one of these Chinese spy cameras advise us of the location. We will have a link up soon. Editor
A long-awaited report on the condition of the Barron River bridge at Kuranda won’t be released to the public because it is “too technical” according to Transport and Main Roads Department (TMR).
Member for Kennedy, Bob Katter has attacked this bureaucratic double-speak saying motorists had a right to know if the bridge is safe to use and for how the single lane access and weight restrictions will remain.
“Either it is safe, or it is not safe, and it certainly looks like it is not when we get a response like this,” Mr Katter said.
“It’s time for the State Government to build the alternative road to Cairns – the Bridle Track highway. We have given TMR a topographical map of the proposed road and I have discussed this proposal with them and the Federal Government’s Assistant Transport Minister, Scott Buchholz. There is now no alternative.”
Mr Katter will be writing to the Qld Transport Minister, Mark Bailey regarding the Bridge.
“I will demand a copy of the report,” Mr Katter said.
“We are being treated as mugs in North Queensland. The State Government would not be keeping Brisbane residents in the dark like this, and they would be spending money to fix the situation. They are now estimated to spend $7B on Brisbane’s Cross River Rail, meanwhile we are down to one lane at the Kennedy Highway at Kuranda with no action from the State Government in sight.”
Drive for traffic revenue escalated by a broke ALP State Government
The second round of public surveillance will soon be deployed by Queensland Police in the South East of the State when point to point speed cameras are rolled out later this year.
The Labor State Government has called tenders for the Point to Point (P2P) Average Speed Camera System to be installed in the South East region.
All vehicles including trucks will be monitored for an average speed between points.
GPS monitoring will be used to define both geographic points to calculate the speed of the vehicle between the points.
Any speed detections will be sent in real time from the equipment to police and The Main Roads department computer data bank.
This is the first time such surveillance methods have been used in Queensland. The Labor Party has outdone the Liberals in transgressing the privacy of motorists who will have to dig much deeper into their pockets to fund the largesse of the Queensland ALP.
Cairns News received from a trucking industry source the locations where the P2P cameras will be installed.
Beenleigh to Gaven, approx. 30 klm installed on overpasses.
Gateway Motorway between Nudgee and Bracken Ridge
Toowoomba second range crossing. All eastbound and westbound marked traffic lanes, including hard shoulders along the primary corridor, will be monitored.
Cecil Plains to Gore Hwy
Between Warrego Highway east and New England Highway (east and west bound)
Camera located 33.3 km west of Warrego Highway (east)
Camera located 10.3km west of Warrego Highway interchange
Between Mort Street interchange and Warrego Highway west (east and west bound)
Camera located 18.6km west of Warrego Highway interchange
Camera located 10.3km west of Warrego Highway interchange
Main Roads Minister Mark Bailey’s spin
The Camera Detected Offence Program (CDOP) is a key road safety element of the Queensland Speed Management Strategy and the National and Queensland Road Safety Action Plans. CDOP is managed jointly by the Department of Transport and Main Roads (TMR) and the Queensland Police Service (QPS). The Traffic Camera Office (TCO) manages CDOP activities on behalf of the QPS.
Mr Bailey will be safe from the predatory cameras – he doesn’t drive a car.
by Robert J Lee
LIBERAL GOVERNMENT LEFT WITH EGG ALL OVER ITS FACE
THE CAIRNS POST AND THE ABC HAVE HAD THIS STORY FOR 3 WEEKS BUT WILL NOT TOUCH IT
TROUBLE AHEAD FOR ALL RESIDENTS OF CAPE YORK PENINSULA WITH A NEW INDIGENOUS STATE TO BE CREATED
Cape York Land Council takes control of the Peninsula Development Road on Cape York Peninsula.
Cape York Land Council says the $210 million Mein Deviation road job near Weipa can start
The prospect of Northern Development hailed by the Federal Government as the panacea for northern Australia has been placed on the back foot after the State Government and the Cape York Land Council signed an agreement allowing the Land Council to control the Peninsula Development Road, the main arterial access to Cape York.
The Land Council claims it wants jobs for local community residents but some Cape Traditional Owners, businessmen and pastoralists believe it to be a “greedy land grab for the few at the top of the CYLC” that will not benefit most struggling communities.
There will be more of the traditional CYLC ‘jobs for their boys’ who in most cases are never local indigenous businesses. Richie AhMat, Gerhardt and Noel Pearson are in bed with the big boys and their predictions of jobs for Peninsula indigenous contractors like most of their other failed, expensive schemes will also fail local businesses, contractors and the long-suffering community resident.
The state and federal governments have rolled over to the unrepresentative CYLC yet again. Next comes the new Aboriginal state of Cape York above the 16th Parallel with the TOLL gates set at Laura or Lakeland.
Every local authority in the nation should be terrified about the hijacking of this vital state government-owned road that is the only land access to important northern defence facilities and the major mining town of Weipa.
Meanwhile September is a few days away and the wet season a few months away. Starting such major roadworks near Weipa that should have begun in May will be a disaster for the unlucky contractor, soon to be announced.
And the annual $25 billion Aboriginal industry, taxpayer feeding frenzy continues for CYLC and Balkanu……..
Meetings to discuss Cape York issues to be held soon
A series of meetings about the Penisula Development Road will be held next week across Cape York Peninsula.
Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org – (07) 40532856
Cooktown Monday 3rd August 5.30pm – 7pm Sovereign Resort
Coen Hotel Wednesday 5th August 4.00pm – 5.30pm
Lakeland Hotel Monday 3rd August 2.00pm – 3.30pm
Laura Tuesday 4th August 10am – 11.30am Quinkan Hotel
Lockhart River Church Hall Tuesday 11th August 10am – 12.30pm
Loyalty beach camp ground and fishing lodge Friday 7th August 5.30pm – 7pm
Musgrave Roadhouse Tuesday 4th August 3.30pm – 5pm
Weipa Albatross Bay Resort Tuesday 6th August 5.30pm – 7pm
It would seem Federal Member for Leichhardt, Warren Entsch has been fence sitting over this issue and continues to ignore the voice of the people. He may have started his own political demise with voter anger reaching boiling point in North Queensland.
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Landmark agreement paves way for Peninsula Development Road
Published on Facebook – 29 July 2015
THE Cape York Land Council today signed an important agreement which paves the way for the start of construction on the Mein Deviation and other sections of the Peninsula Development Road, known as the PDR.
Under this agreement, the Queensland Government and Native Title Holders will now begin negotiations to settle an Indigenous Land Use Agreement for the whole of the PDR by the end of 2015. These negotiations follow the lodgment and registration of one of Australia’s largest native title claims earlier in the year, over Cape York.
Chairman of the Cape York Land Council, Mr Richie Ah Mat, said the Department of Transport and Main Roads could now finalise contract arrangements for construction to commence next week.
“There has been a mammoth effort by the Queensland Government and the Cape York Land Council to settle these outstanding matters over the last two months and our meetings over the last two days have endorsed our approach,” he said.
The agreement addresses Indigenous employment, training and business opportunities, cultural heritage clearance processes and environmental considerations.
“On Cape York, where the Indigenous community is battling very high unemployment, high incarceration rates and alcohol and drug abuse, projects such as the PDR are critical in providing opportunity to our mob,” said Mr Ahmat.
“This is a great example of the State Government recognising the Native Title and cultural interests of Traditional Owners to maintain respectful ongoing relationships to carry the PDR to completion.”
Under the agreement, a Traditional Owner steering committee has been established that will guide the settlement of the Indigenous Land Use Agreement with the Queensland Government.
Mr Ahmat said that it was very important for Traditional Owner groups to work together on major linear projects such as the PDR. “An important principle of the Native Title claim has been that Traditional Owners speak for their country,” he said.
“Prior to the settlement of the Indigenous Land Use Agreement, there will need to be further discussions with Traditional Owners from along the road route”.
Southern Kandju and Negotiating committee member, Dion Creek, praised the agreement.
“For the first time, the State Labor Government, Cape York Land Council, and Traditional Owners have respectfully negotiated a single agreement covering the PDR,” he said.
“There can be no longer be any excuse for our people to remain on the sidelines, when it comes to capitalising on investments for the PDR and other road networks throughout Cape York.
Mr Creek said that PDR investments specified in the agreement would be used to increase the capacity of Indigenous people, through the provision of training and employment, enterprise facilitation and the commitment to support local business.
“We have a jobs crisis in Cape York,” he said. “It is a priority we must address
The fate of a $210 million road construction project near Weipa remains in limbo while protracted negotiations between the Cape York Land Council and the State Government continue behind closed doors.
In spite of tenders being called more than three months ago no contractor has been announced with time running out to complete the Mein Deviation bitumen sealing before the wet season begins.
The Land Council has demanded that an Indigenous Land Use Agreement be registered over a part of the Peninsula Development Road network giving it control of all future road works.
Included in the list of demands is a 1000 per cent increase in royalties paid to indigenous groups for gravel taken from ‘borrow pits’ along the road.
The holding up of road works by the Land Council has not been supported across Cape York Peninsula by some alienated indigenous groups and Traditional Owners who have been left out of initial negotiations.
Cape York Sustainable Futures Deputy Chairman Jack Wilkie-Jans launched a scathing attack against the Land Council claiming it is “divisive and all about segregation.”
Mr Wilkie-Jans is a Traditional Owner from Mapoon on the Western Cape who says “enough is enough.”
“The Land Council is just introducing a tax not a royalty scheme which is an abuse of their position on the PDR that will not benefit Traditional Owners,” Mr Wilkie Jans said.
“I am extremely disappointed in the way the government has laid down and let this (road) project be stopped.
“The Land Council wants to grab control of the PDR because they have filed an ambit claim with nine claimants over all of Cape York not already claimed or decided.
“There would be many more than nine and there is no cultural precedent to surrender governance to different groups.”
He said he could not understand how Noel Pearson( founder of Cape York Partnership) had a monopoly on the only voice heard by government.
“The Member for Leichardt Warren Entsch and Member for Cook Billy Gordon should have a position on the PDR but their silence is inexcusable, damaging and very telling.”
Main Roads Minister Mark Bailey remains hopeful a solution can be found after a closed meeting of indigenous stakeholders to discuss the impasse was rescheduled by the Land Council from July 15 to July 28 and 29 to be held at the Colonial Club Resort in Cairns.
“Indigenous employment, training and business engagement are critical components of the project and we will continue to work closely with the land council, traditional owners and native title applicants to deliver this important project,” Mr Bailey said.
“We hope to announce a tenderer soon for the Mein Deviation, which will upgrade and seal a 29km section of the Peninsula Development Road, north of Coen.”
Cook Shire Mayor Peter Scott said he had been advised the new ILUA map released by the Land Council had dropped all Cook Shire-controlled roads, with the disputed section now beginning at Laura and terminating at Weipa.
“We have made our position pretty clear and we have been too hard to deal with,” Cr Scott said.
“I spoke to Fiona Simpson (Shadow Main Roads Minister) who said she would take the matter up with the Premier.
“Giving control of this section of the PDR to the Land Council will be a landmine roadblock for northern development,” Cr Scott said.
Shadow Minister Fiona Simpson has expressed dismay that the road works have not yet started.
“The government has put this into the ‘too hard basket’ because it should not be too hard to fix,” she said.
“There are legal mechanisms to deal with native title and there is only a short window of opportunity to deal with it before the wet season.
If the project was not resolved in the near future Ms Simpson said there could be opportunities at the Budget Estimates hearings in August to question the Minister.
The CYLC and Member for Cook Billy Gordon have not responded to requests for comment.