A full car park at Gympie’s Centro shopping centre.
A full car park at Gympie’s Centro shopping centre.

‘Highway before Broadband': Friske

THE productivity benefits of the National Broadband Network would amount to nothing without similarly huge investment in the infrastructure needed to get that extra production to market, Gympie Regional Council Works and Services Committee chairman Larry Friske said this week.

“What's the good of Broadband internet if we haven't got an adequate road and rail network?” he asked.

“Labor's talking about spending $40 billion on Broadband. What about $40 billion on our road and rail network?

“We've got a transport network that can't get to port what we are producing now,” he told council's Planning and Development Committee.

Deputy Mayor Tony Perrett said this was the problem with the Bruce Highway, which effectively cut Gympie off from Brisbane.

“You travel to Brisbane between 6.30 and 9.30am or between 3.30 and 6.30 in the evening and it's a log-jam.

“This is the enormity of the problems created by a lack of vision over a long period,” he told the meeting.

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