Traders urge Bruce Highway flood-proofingBy Jessica Nairn, Tuesday February 5, 2013 - 11:57 EDT
The Townsville Chamber of Commerce has backed the Queensland Government's call for better infrastructure to be built in flood-prone areas.
The chamber's president, Dawson Wilkie, says a number of the city's businesses were affected by the closure of Bruce Highway in southern Queensland last week.
He says he wants authorities to look at ways to protect the region's road network from natural disasters.
"The situation is that north Queensland and regional Queensland needs the roads as their lifeblood and what we've got to do [is] make sure that isn't compromised is something we should be looking at," he said.
He says he is concerned that without improved roads, companies might not invest in the city.
"If it's clearly hard that you don't [have] supplies up here because of the floods, that could impact us getting business to relocate up here and that will stifle the growth," he said.
"So it's important we have a good message, that we are well supplied and stocked and it is worthwhile starting a business up here in Townsville."
© ABC 2013
More breaking news
Farmers across Western Australia's grain growing regions have been dealt a bitter blow, with their hopes of record crops dashed by frost just weeks before harvest.
Wet weather "on par" with a system that caused widespread flooding across Adelaide earlier this month has been forecast to hit the Mount Lofty Ranges on Wednesday and Thursday.
New South Wales Premier Mike Baird has toured the flood-hit town of Forbes, in the state's central west, where he has thanked State Emergency Service (SES) volunteers for their efforts.