Rocky road for stacks
MP urges motorists to dob in near misses to police
BARRON River MP Craig Crawford believes more road safety action needs to be taken at the balancing rocks site near Wangetti than adding signs.
There are renewed calls to fix the “death trap” at the site of the the stone stacks along the Captain Cook Highway, halfway between Palm Cove and Port Douglas.
The popular roadside attraction, which appears in a Tourism and Events Queens- land campaign, is on a blind corner with a speed limit of 80km/h.
A Cairns minibus driver came forward this week after almost experiencing a head-on collision with another vehicle that swerved into his northbound lane, to avoid a motorist who had suddenly pulled off the highway to check out the rock site.
The Department of Transport and Main Roads is investi- gating whether no-standing signs could be used to discourage northbound vehicles parking on the road’s western side.
Mr Crawford, whose electorate takes in Wangetti Beach, said he was concerned the attraction was becoming a serious road safety hazard.
“I agree there needs to be some work, but it’s more than just dropping some bitumen on the ground or a couple of signs,” he said.
“I think we need to look at this a bit better, particularly from a law enforcement perspective, as well as Main Roads.”
Police say there is little they can do to improve safety at the balancing rocks site unless motorists report illegal activity, including near misses with other vehicles. Mr Crawford encouraged people to come forward and report safety issues to authorities.
“The more reports of near misses and safety issues we get there, the higher the weighting that safety works is placed on there,” he said.
“We don’t want to be at a stage where we’re reporting accidents or fatalities, but certainly near-misses will help the case.”