This week an 11-year-old boy was killed instantly when a double-trailer truck veered off the Pacific Highway and slammed into a holiday house in NSW's north-west. It is the latest in a long line of horror accidents that have continued for years on the main highway from Sydney to Brisbane. Emergency workers - police, ambulance workers, doctors, nurses - deal with the human tragedy that results every day. It is time overdue for state and federal governments to put aside their differences and fix this road.
This week another four people died on the Pacific Highway, the main road between Sydney and Brisbane.
It is a horror stretch, and every other day the news is filled with the human tragedy caused by a road that is just not good enough for the traffic it carries. The people who live on this road and the towns it passes through and the emergency service workers who work with smash victims on the roads and in hospitals know the human cost of this. They call it the "black ribbon of death" and they've been calling for safety upgrades on the highway for years. At the least the Pacific Highway should consider dual carriageways along its entire length, bypassing busy city centres and wire rope barriers in populated areas.
We call upon governments state and federal to sit down together and commit to a genuine timetable and funding to ensure the Pacific Highway is upgraded and up to the job it was intended for, ensuring Australians arrive safely when they drive from Sydney to Brisbane.
Less than 1% of federal government expenditure in 2010/2011 was spent on roads. Surely it is time overdue for state and federal governments to put aside their differences and fix this road.