Unions slam Brisbanes dangerous port roads

By: Troy Bilsborough


The dangerous state of roads around the Port of Brisbane is causing workers to take their lives into their own

The dangerous state of roads around the Port of Brisbane is causing workers to take their lives into their own hands, according to the Queensland Council of Unions.

Union secretary Ron Monaghan has announced the QCU will be taking action to have the situation rectified.

Trucks speeding and tailgating, narrow roads and poor road maintenance are all reported to be at the top of the list of worker complaints.

"We’ve had reports that three people have been killed in road accidents in the last 12 months with workers telling us they almost have to take their life into their hands just trying to get to and from work," says Monaghan.

"The Port of Brisbane is Australia’s fastest growing container port with thousands more workers expected to be employed there in the next five to ten years. The roads out there just cannot support this increase in business traffic."

Monaghan says 10,000 people travel through the area everyday and the Federal Government needs to speed up planned improvements to the road network.

Australia Trade Coast Chairman David Harrison has also been vocal on the state of the Port’s roads, agreeing infrastructure is the key to managing its $15 billion increase in trade in the five years to 2006/07.

"Currently, we have a first world port with third world roads," Harrison told Queensland Business Review late last month.

"With no sufficient rail, over 5,000 trucks a day are carrying containers in and out. If they’re only carrying two per vehicle, and business continues to boom as is predicted, we would be facing some serious inefficiencies without these upgrades."

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