Residents rally for upgrade
STEPHEN Bennett has joined a group of concerned Isis Central residents to lobby for an upgrade at Adies Rd before a major crash occurs.
The Bruce Highway junction is considered by residents to be prone to crashes, and the Member for Burnett has taken the fight to Canberra.
Mr Bennett first took the issue to the Department of Transport and Main Roads, but was told the intersection was “not considered a priority”.
Now he has enlisted the help of Hinkler MP Keith Pitt to try to get the upgrade included in the Bruce Highway Black Spot Programme.
Led by Heather Stewart, a group of eight residents met with Mr Bennett and Town & Country on Tuesday afternoon to discuss the issue. Earlier meetings between residents and the Burnett MP attracted more than 20 people.
The major concern is the combination of an intersection sign hundreds of metres ahead of the turn, a bend in the Bruce Highway, and the lack of an overtaking lane. Many of the residents at Tuesday’s meeting had been or knew other residents who had been in minor crashes or forced off the road.
TMR’s response to Mr Bennett said the intersection had a “low recorded crash history”, but the residents have numerous stories that indicate otherwise.
Ms Stewart said she usually drove to either Sandy Creek or Booyal to avoid risking her life turning into Adies Rd, and most residents said they took a similar approach.
She said residents told her they would not turn at the intersection, and would instead drive further down the Bruce Highway to turn around.
Fellow resident David Wilson said he remembered meetings about the intersection’s safety were held in Childers as long as 20 years ago.
“They said there wasn’t enough traffic,” he said.
“I only use it a few times per week now. A lot of the time I go the other way (via Kevin Livingston Dr) which takes a bit longer.”
A petition is currently being generated and will soon be available for residents to add their voice.
“Heather got in touch with us to get the ball rolling and I’ve been told about numerous crashes here,” Mr Bennett said.
“A turning lane is badly needed.
“I’m extremely disappointed in the TMR’s response and I’m particularly disappointed that the minister has failed to respond to my requests for a safety upgrade.
“We intend to table the petition in May.”
ENOUGH'S ENOUGH: Member for Burnett Stephen Bennett is helping a large group of Adies Rd residents pursue an upgrade to the intersection with Bruce Highway at Isis Central. The residents know of, or have been involved in, several crashes at the site.