Dear Erwin, you missed out on all the “welcome” signs …

Comment on Inspiration from the roads of a big country by Greg Simon.

Dear Erwin,
you missed out on all the “welcome” signs erected by the Diamantina Shire council (Boulia – Bedourie area).
One (as big as the anti-booze in the NT) lists all the things a motorist shall not do while traversing their road network, could take 10 minutes to read. Another, bigger sign north of Bedourie, referring to NT motorists, denies access to the road, saying it’s for pastoralists only to use if they dare head towards the Eastern Simpson desert area.
A great incentive to tourism in Western Queensland.
A good one too is the need now to book online for permits to visit National Parks. When you arrive (Diamantina Lakes National Park) you are advised to book by Internet and if you can’t get access to it, do it after you get back home in civilization.

[ED – Hi Greg, thanks for the comment. Will forward it to the Boulia Shire Council. Because of weather we went via Tennant Creek and Mt Isa. Looking forward to using the Boulia road when the Outback Highway is built.]

Greg Simon Also Commented

Inspiration from the roads of a big country
Hello Erwin, hope your trip is going OK. With reference to my previous comment on Diamantina shire, Bedourie is the place, not Boulia to contact.
Cheers, Greg.


Recent Comments by Greg Simon

Stuart Highway trek maintains its allure after decades
Queensland Sunshine Coast Puma 141.9 cents per litre.


Federal Police uses drone to spy on tourists
I was confronted by AFP there as well, on my own, taking some photos in the park.
They know you’re there as a spy camera on the rocks to the west is aimed at the only parking spot in the carpark.
A satellite is also above and they also know when you turn into Hatt Road from the Stuart Highway.
So much for tourism.


Back to the future with Warren Snowdon
For someone maybe heading for government to say he knows nothing about what is going on in over half of the NT beggars belief!


Developing a treasure: 10 year East Macs plan
@ Jacka: Exactly, this whole area should be excised from the pastoral estate and gazetted as common for the people (not cattle) so that people are the beneficiaries, not just a few with vested interests. Barbed wire fencing etc is an insult to us and the wide open spaces in this modern age of Wanderlust.


Developing a treasure: 10 year East Macs plan
The only reason it is a “treasure” is because it hasn’t suffered such “development” as envisaged by you.


Be Sociable, Share!

A new way to support our journalism

We do not have a paywall. If you support our independent journalism you can make a financial contribution by clicking the red button below. This will help us cover expenses and sustain the news service we’ve been providing since 1994, in a locally owned and operated medium.

Erwin Chlanda, Editor