Due to Severe Tropical Cyclone Debbie, the coastal areas between Rockhampton and Townsville (west to Emerald and Charters Towers respectively) are likely to be impacted by significantly damaging winds, rain and potential flooding.
The path of Cyclone Debbie is being constantly monitored, however, a specific coastal crossing area is not able to be predicted.
A Flood Recovery Road Access Group (FRRAG) has been established by Transport and Main Roads (TMR) and the Queensland Police Service (QPS) to manage emergency and disaster heavy vehicle access under the provision of the Heavy Vehicle National Law (HVNL).
A dedicated hotline and email address is operating from today to provide help, information and emergency access to freight consignors and heavy vehicle transport operators travelling in central and north Queensland. The FRRAG hotline number is 07 3066 5511 or alternatively you can email firstname.lastname@example.org
The hotline will enable operators to access specific information on alternative routes they can use. They can apply for heavy vehicle emergency permits that cannot be provided through normal processes in affected regions, or when special access is required in cases of emergency or great need.
Please note: The emergency permit process will only apply in affected regions of Queensland, in non-affected regions the current access permit arrangements remain in place.
If you have any travel in Queensland planned for this week, please check the road conditions first at 131940.qld.gov.au
Due to the unpredictable road conditions that Cyclone Debbie may generate, TMR and QPS have restricted the movement of Oversize and Overmass, Dangerous Goods and Agricultural Vehicle operators within the cyclone affected area for the next 24 hours. This restriction will be reassessed as needed. All affected operations should monitor the Conditions of Operation Database at www.tmr.qld.gov.au/business-industry/Heavy-vehicles/Excess-mass-and-dimensions/Excess-mass-and-dimension-conditions.aspx.