Road not made for speeding
Shop owner frustrated by speedsters risking children’s lives
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.
ACTION NEEDED: The council is planning to install “children ahead” signs on Queen St in Cordalba to warn motorists to take care.