THE DEVASTATION to infrastructure, caused by the bush fires, emphasises the need to reconstruct timber rural bridges using pre-cast concrete.
The construction of realigned highways throughout the nation has resulted in several concrete manufacturing plants being established to produce bridge spans.
Our engineers are very experienced in bridge-building and all future bridges should be erected from fire-proof concrete material. Lives could have been saved if access for firefighters had not been impeded by burnt-out timber road bridges.
And when will we finally wake up to the need to put electricity underground? How many properties were left without electricity due to burnt timber poles and downed power lines?
Electricity is vital to power water pumps and other essential equipment, not to forget communications, now that we have this dreadful NBN that requires electricity to drive our phones.
If the Government is fair-dinkum about creating employment through infrastructure projects, these are just two worthwhile programs they should look at promoting.
Heavy earthmoving plant is currently being used in the firefighting effort and when they have completed that task their presence should be utilised to hit bridge building and underground service trenching as soon as possible.
With the drought stealing the livelihood of rural workers, infrastructure projects should be strongly considered as a means to provide income for those struggling to put food on the table for their families. Over to you, Scomo.