The campaign to fully seal the Hann Highway between Cairns and Hughenden took a step forward today with two Queensland senators driving the Highway with LNP Kennedy Candidate Noeline Ikin.
Newly appointed assistant Minister Senator James McGrath and North Queensland based Senator Ian Macdonald today drove the highway between Hughenden and the Lynd Junction to support the campaign by the Hann Highway Action Group to upgrade the road.
Senator Macdonald said that the Hann Highway was assured Federal assistance in the Northern Australian White Paper, “but with commitment by the Queensland government work could start sooner rather than later”
Senator McGrath said that having experienced this road for the first time it was clear to him why it desperately needed upgrading.
“I am convinced of the economics of the highway to improve travel time from Cairns to Melbourne and of the importance of having a flood free road from Cairns to the South.”
Noeline Ikin said that the Hann Highway Action Group and the Flinders and Etheridge Councils were happy to meet with the visiting Senators to promote the benefits of the highway.
“I was pleased to be able to arrange for the Senators to meet with the action group at Clothespeg Station.”
Members of the action group forcibly made their points on the upgrade clear to the Senators
The spokesman for the group Alison Murphy said that for people along the highway, the road is a lifeline and its importance as an alternative main road cannot be overstated.
Noeline Ikin said that completion of the Hann Highway was one of her major goals for the Kennedy Electorate.