Res­i­dents push for dead end

Con­cerns over new road plan

Sunshine Coast Daily - - NEWS - . STU­ART CUM­MING stu­art.cum­ming@sc­news.com.au

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.

PHOTO: STU­ART CUM­MING

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.

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