Dan­ger­ous turn-off au­dit

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - NEWS - AN­GELIQUE PAT­TER­SON

A SAFETY au­dit is be­ing un­der­taken by Main Roads on the no­to­ri­ous Port Dou­glas turn-off on Captain Cook High­way.

This comes after or­gan­is­ers re­cently dropped a pe­ti­tion that was push­ing for a round­about as a so­lu­tion to the in­ter­sec­tion, where ac­ci­dents are con­tin­u­ing to oc­cur.

One of the or­gan­is­ers of the peti- tion Michaela Flood said there were a num­ber of rea­sons why the group de­cided to pull out.

“There was a pe­ti­tion al­ready signed with 500 sig­na­tures and we de­cided a pe­ti­tion doesn’t have the same im­pact to­day as so­cial me­dia,” Ms Flood said. “Ja­son O’Brien took it to par­lia­ment and it’s been said the land on the west­ern side is pri­vately owned and that’s why there can’t be round­about.”

Cr Ju­lia Leu said money should not be an is­sue when it comes to pub­lic safety.

“The time has come to when we need to se­ri­ously con­sider a round­about and of course there is a cost, there is al­ways a cost in ne­go­ti­at­ing and ex­er­cis­ing land,’’ she said.

“We have to keep try­ing, we have had a num­ber of ac­ci­dents in re­cent times and there are clearly is­sues in terms of the in­ter­sec­tion be­ing un­safe.”

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