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17 April, 2022

Heading to Einasleigh this Easter?

EINASLEIGH is a small town in the Tablelands Patrol Group and is located in the heart of the Etheridge Shire.

It lies 380km north-west of Townsville, 360km south west of Cairns and 335km north west of Charters Towers. 

There are several unsealed roads in the area and motorists using our roads are urged to take it easy, slow down and enjoy the drive as there is plenty to see and do. 

The Gregory Development Road from the Gulf Developmental Road and the Lynd Junction to Einasleigh is currently open with caution and the road is restricted to high clearance vehicles only with the numerous creeks and crossings along its length deeply rutted. 

Office in Charge of Forsayth Police Station, Senior Constable Ian (Blue) Carroll, said motorists should check traffic and travel information at  and from the Easter at Einasleigh Facebook page for the latest information, before they leave on their trip. 

With Easter, the crowds at Einasleigh swell from about 50 residents all year-round, to about 2,000 people. 

Einasleigh is a place where you can get away from the hustle and bustle of city life and enjoy the clear, usually starlit nights. Please remember, there are other people who want to enjoy their time at the races and rodeo as well. 

Quad bikes have their place but not on the roads and surrounding areas of Einasleigh. Anyone riding / driving a quad bike needs to hold a current driver’s licence, have a permit and wear a helmet. This also includes passengers. 

You might be saying, “I’m just driving down to take a shower or I don’t need my seatbelt on, I am inside the racetrack”. 

This is not true. All areas of Einasleigh, including within the racetrack environments, are classifi ed as a road or road-related area and all road rules apply. 

Senior Constable Carroll said police would be actively patrolling all weekend. 

“We will be focusing on all roads leading to the event this weekend and will be paying particular attention to the Fatal Five,” Senior Constable Carroll said. 

“Motorists are urged to take extra care whilst driving to this event given road damage caused by recent rains, loose dirt surfaces and increased movement of cattle. 

Police know only too well the consequences that speeding, drink / drug driving, not wearing seatbelts, driving while fatigued or distracted, can have on your life and those around you. 

Local, visiting and highway patrol police will be actively policing all approaches to Einasleigh and taking a zero tolerance in the hope of making this Easter crash free. 

Road safety is everyone’s responsibility, but it starts with you. 

Drive carefully and have fun at Einasleigh races and rodeo.

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