Res­i­dents rally for up­grade

Isis Town and Country - - Front Page - By MATTHEW MCIN­ER­NEY

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.”

PHOTO: MATTHEW MCIN­ER­NEY

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.

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