Highway priorities

Highway priorities

Now is the time to have your say on the Bass Highway. 

Federal Member for Braddon Justine Keay was in Smithton on Friday to launch a survey to identify areas of priority for roadworks. 

This community consultation will inform plans for works between Detention and Marrawah. 

Wells Waggons general manager Kimbra Wells urged locals to put pen to paper. 

“If you have a concern for any section of the road, now is your time to have a say,” she says. 

Noting Broad Meadows, Brittons Swamp and Togari as cause for concern for the school bus service, Kimbra encouraged all community members to take the time to complete the study. 

Surveys will be sent to mailboxes throughout Circular Head next week. 

“The Circular Head community [is] sick of waiting for some action to fix the Bass Highway,” Ms Keay says. 

“The road between Smithton and Marrawah is in shocking condition, combined with a lack of passing lanes and turning bays between Smithton and Detention [which] make it unsafe.” 

The Australian Labor Party last year committed $60 million to start work on the Bass Highway between Wynyard and Marrawah under a federal Labor government. The state government has a further $40 million set aside for the highway. 

Federal Member for Braddon Justine Keay with Wells Waggons’ Kimbra Wells last week launched a survey to inform plans for upgrades to the Bass Highway. Picture: Ashleigh Force.