Road not made for speed­ing

Shop owner frus­trated by speed­sters risk­ing chil­dren’s lives

Isis Town and Country - - News - By MATTHEW MCIN­ER­NEY Email: Matthew McIn­er­ney matthew.mcin­er­ney@apn.com.au

CORDALBA’S Queen St is not what springs to mind when you think of a high­way, so why do so many peo­ple fly down the road at ex­ces­sive speeds?

That’s the prob­lem Susan Rainbow has strug­gled to solve in her year at the Cordalba Gen­eral Store – and she is no closer to find­ing an an­swer.

She has owned and op­er­ated the gen­eral store since the be­gin­ning of the year and de­spite pre­par­ing to move back to Childers this Mon­day, said she still felt strongly about the is­sue.

“We get a lot of traf­fic out there at cer­tain times of the day and it still con­cerns me we don’t have any signs,” she said.

“It still hasn’t been dealt with.”

Mrs Rainbow said cars were fly­ing down the street at 70–80kmh, with lo­cals and vis­i­tors both at fault.

She said she used to stand in the mid­dle of the road to en­sure chil­dren and the el­derly got across the road safely.

“It might be the re­la­tion­ship I have with the lo­cals here but it’s not safe,” she said.

“We have young men in here and they com­ment on how fast cars travel down the road.”

Mrs Rainbow said she wanted to see yel­low and black “chil­dren” signs erected in the area, and a clearer dis­play in town of the speed limit, which she sug­gested should be 50kmh.

Bund­aberg Re­gional Coun­cil’s roads and drainage port­fo­lio spokesman Tony Ric­cia­rdi said the coun­cil had re­ceived a com­plaint about the area and “chil­dren ahead” signs would be in­stalled.

“In this case the de­fault speed limit is 50kmh, be­ing a lo­cal road in a built-up area, and the speed can only be re­duced with en­gi­neer­ing mea­sures such as speed humps and road is­lands.

“As with Holme St and other sim­i­lar streets in the area, the speed limit of 50kmh in not sign­posted.”

Cr Ric­cia­rdi said res­i­dents should con­tact the coun­cil if they had con­cerns about BRC-con­trolled roads.

PHOTO: MATTHEW MCIN­ER­NEY

AC­TION NEEDED: The coun­cil is plan­ning to in­stall “chil­dren ahead” signs on Queen St in Cordalba to warn mo­torists to take care.

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