The rocks: ‘We will not pay,’ says Leu
MAYOR Julia Leu has reiterated that Douglas Shire Council is not responsible for the balancing rocks issue on the Captain Cook Highway.
The stacked rocks have become an unofficial tourist attraction in the last 18 months.
The popularity of the site means there have been many near misses along the busy highway.
The mayor pointed out the shire isn’t responsible to “pay for any safety improvements and it never has been for that entire stretch of road”, tough she is happy to sit down and discuss a solution.
The mayor also criticised the promotion of the balancing rocks through a State Government program, which brought even more attention to the “attraction”.
“I am certainly really surprised about the state government funded promotional campaign given there were already safety issues that were apparent,” Mayor Leu said.
“There are more and more people looking for the site and stopping where they can but the issue is there is no car park.
“I am very happy to work with the State in terms of what we can do but the State will have to fund it because it is their responsibility.
“I think we do need to make it safer but it’s very limited, even if it was an area a little north or south people would have to get out of their cars and walk and that would be even more dangerous.
“I think that we do have to come up with a solution, certainly “no standing” signs, more wayfinding signs in the lead up to the rocks both north and south,” Mayor Leu said.
“Another problem is people crossing the double lines, which is illegal and creates a potential hazard.”
Cars parked along Captain Cook Highway to check out the balancing rocks site