Residents push for dead end
Concerns over new road plan
RESIDENTS of a tranquil Coast backwater are trying to snuff out any chance of their streets becoming a school run shortcut.
Rainforest Sanctuary Dr residents Brian and Heather Coyle don’t mind if floodwaters cut the only road in and out of their Buderim estate during prolonged heavy rain.
“When people bought in here they bought into an exclusive little sanctuary,” Mrs Coyle said.
She said flooding had only cut the road three times in the nine years she had lived there.
“It lasts about three or four hours.”
They added their names to 403 others on a petition calling for Sunshine Coast Council to remove from the town plan a possible second road into their estate.
Meads Rd is currently a dead end but a road reserve remains that could connect it to Stringybark Dr.
That would create an east to west thoroughfare connecting Crosby Hill Rd to Stringybark Rd, where there is a school as well as other developments.
“The reason we do not want Meads Rd opening up to Stringybark Rd and Crosby Hill Rd is because of the resulting increased volume of traffic, particularly school morning and afternoon, as people discover and use the road as a short cut,” the petition read.
But not everyone signed it, including Atherton Close resident of eight years, Rod Chandler.
“When we are flooded in we can’t get out,” Mr Chandler said.
He feared the results if someone was to need urgent medical treatment while the road was cut.
“People need to have access to an ambulance.”
He said was in favour of Meads Rd joining into the estate. “I saw this thing and I thought ‘they are finally going to bring a bridge through’.”
Petition organiser Frank Gerhard said some residents also had concerns about a through road affecting property prices.
“It is a nice, quiet, peaceful backwater and people want to keep it that way,” Mr Gerhard said.
Sunshine Coast Council was contacted for comment but failed to respond by deadline.
FIGHT FOR CHANGE: Atherton Close’s Frank Gerhard wants a potential second entrance to the Rainforest Sanctuary estate in Buderim removed from the town plan.