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Safety reminder ahead of Great Wheelbarrow Race


The annual Great Wheelbarrow Race will take place on the Tablelands this weekend.

Competitors will push their wheelbarrows along the road from Mareeba to Chillagoe over three days.

The race stages include Mareeba to Dimbulah (42km), Dimbulah to Almaden (65km) and Almaden to Chillagoe (33km), with a total distance of 140km travelled.

The event sees competitors pushing an empty wheelbarrow along the road in tribute to the early pioneers who, with limited work and transportation, travelled about the region using a wheelbarrow to carry all their possessions.

Sergeant Paul Stanley, Office in Charge of Dimbulah Station says police will be conducting high visibility patrols throughout the weekend.

“We ask that all road users travelling the race-route over the weekend, be mindful of competitors on the road,” he says.

“Drivers need to drive within the road rules and show patience when attempting to overtake teams to avoid any unwanted incidents.

Sergeant Stanley is reminding participants, drivers of support vehicles and other motorists to share the road safely.

“Any person found breaching any rules or regulations will be dealt with and could be given an on the spot fine or face court proceedings,” he says.