Federal MP and Former Policeman Llew O'Brien who suffers from PTSD from years of being a First Responder to road crash fatalities along notorious stretches of the Old Bruce Highway. Mr O’Brien refuses to accept plans for a two-lane bypass of Tiaro on the Bruce Highway.Photo Lachie Millard
Federal MP and Former Policeman Llew O'Brien who suffers from PTSD from years of being a First Responder to road crash fatalities along notorious stretches of the Old Bruce Highway. Mr O’Brien refuses to accept plans for a two-lane bypass of Tiaro on the Bruce Highway.Photo Lachie Millard

O’Brien tells Parliament truckies dread Bruce Hwy at Tiaro

WIDE Bay MP Llew O'Brien spoke in Parliament today of the "dangerous plan" for a two-lane Bruce Highway bypass of Tiaro.

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"The Deputy Prime Minister, Queensland minister for road safety Mark Bailey and the state member for Maryborough have a plan to build a Tiaro bypass that puts road users in danger and lacks vision for a growing Maryborough and Fraser Coast," Mr O'Brien said.

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VOX: What do you think of the plan to bypass Tiaro on the Bruce Hwy in the next five years? Tony Doran Maryborough It will make the town die. There are a lot of vehicles travelling through Tiaro and a lot of them stop.
VOX: What do you think of the plan to bypass Tiaro on the Bruce Hwy in the next five years? Tony Doran Maryborough It will make the town die. There are a lot of vehicles travelling through Tiaro and a lot of them stop.

"When building a new road, safety should always be the first priority, but sadly, in this case, it wasn't.

"Only after my protests did the road safety minister cobble together some idea of a dividing barrier, but it's still only on a dangerous two-lane road.

"If you truly have a vision for zero fatalities you don't build the road the government is planning to build around Tiaro.

"It is just not good enough.

"I have a vision to see Maryborough as a thriving economic and manufacturing centre that will need the best road infrastructure to support that economic capacity, with the highest safety standards for families, tourists and transport workers.

The proposed press release speaking in favour of the Tiaro bypass, which Llew O’Brien refused to put his name to.
The proposed press release speaking in favour of the Tiaro bypass, which Llew O’Brien refused to put his name to.

"I ask: does the state member for Maryborough share this vision or not?

"Interstate truck drivers tell me how they dread this section of road, a black spot heavily used by B-doubles, cars and grey nomads towing caravans.

"We need a four-lane road so the families of those essential workers can relax, knowing that the journey will be an easy and safe one.

"The government's planned highway is an unsafe two-lane highway of yesterday, not a safe four-lane highway for tomorrow."

Gympie Times


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