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Mossman traffic lights a disgrace says Katter

Friday March 14 2014

One of Australia's most outspoken politicians says the decision to install traffic lights in the far north Queensland town of Mossman is an 'abomination'.

Member for Kennedy, Bob Katter said the lights which are part of a super market redevelopment will destroy the small town's charm.

"What does a little town like Mossman need with traffic lights," he said.

"You live in these places to get away from the ever increasing rat race of the city.

"Who wants to live in a soulless concrete jungle like Sydney?"

Similar supermarket redevelopments in Tully and Mission Beach had been disastrous, Mr Katter said, forcing the closure of small businesses in the community.

The Federal leader of Katter's Australian Party said the Douglas Shire Council should be praised for fighting the installation of traffic lights.

"God Bless [Mayor] Julia [Leu] and the council," Mr Katter said.

"I'd say just stand your ground and go to court.

"If there are few thousand dollars involved, that's money well spent."

Residents' quality of life would be negatively affected, Mr Katter said.

"Those traffic lights will cost people ten minutes a day," he said.

"A quarter of the population will go through the lights or they'll detour. "They will lose that time out of their day. Why? To make the Coles and Woolworths' of the world rich."

Businesses in Mossman will be hurt by the redevelopment, Mr Katter said.

"They have such a huge range of lines," he said.

"They take ten per cent off newsagents, clothing businesses... their net profit vanishes.

"People just cannot compete against that. Competition will be gone."

The claim follows on from the announcment the IGA supermarket in Innisfail will close later this year with around 40 jobs expected to be lost.

When installed, Mossman will be home to the most northern set of traffic lights in Queensland.

The next nearest set will be at Clifton Beach, almost fifty kilometres away.

"The traffic lights are very much a symbol," Mr Katter said.

Less than 2,000 residents live in Mossman.