Freck­ling­ton takes up speed limit fight

Gatton Star - - NEWS - Lach­lan Mcivor lach­lan.mcivor@gat­ton­star.com.au

THE Too­goolawah com­mu­nity is de­ter­mined to im­prove the safety at a busy turnoff into the lo­cal high school and re­duce the risk of a fa­tal ac­ci­dent af­ter many near misses.

Too­goolawah State High School P&C co-or­di­nated a pe­ti­tion sup­port­ing a speed re­duc­tion on the Bris­bane Val­ley High­way at the in­ter­sec­tion with Old Mount Beppo Rd.

Mem­ber for Nanango Deb Freck­ling­ton has tabled the pe­ti­tion in State Par­lia­ment.

“The pe­ti­tion calls on the State Gov­ern­ment to be­gin the 80km/h sec­tion at least 100m south of the Old Mt Beppo Rd in­ter­sec­tion, to ad­join the cur­rent 80km/h sec­tion cur­rently in place through the Too­goolawah town­ship,” Mrs Freck­ling­ton said.

“This has been a long-term is­sue for Too­goolawah res­i­dents and the last for­mal re­view of the speed limit at this lo­ca­tion was more than seven years ago in 2011.

“Old Mt Beppo Road is the turnoff to the high school and the com­mu­nity be­lieve that 100km/h at this in­ter­sec­tion is too fast and has re­sulted in many near misses.”

P&C pres­i­dent Vin­cent Ver­sace said 170 sig­na­tures had been gath­ered.

Al­though the zone that would be re­duced to 80km/h would only be a small stretch, he said it would dras­ti­cally im­prove safety for stu­dents and par­ents while also cov­er­ing the free camp­ing site along the road.

He be­lieved the sec­tion of road had not been re­viewed be­cause there had been no fa­tal­i­ties or se­ri­ous ac­ci­dents.

“We’d rather it stayed that way and never had any ac­ci­dents,” Mr Ver­sace said.

“We’d like to see change be­fore some­thing ac­tu­ally does hap­pen, it’d be greatly ap­pre­ci­ated and make our com­mu­nity a lit­tle bit safer and our chil­dren a lit­tle bit safer.

“(The pe­ti­tion) was started up by the pre­vi­ous P&C. They had been work­ing on this for quite some time.”

Trans­port and Main Roads Min­is­ter Mark Bai­ley will re­spond to the pe­ti­tion within the next four weeks.

“I call on this La­bor Gov­ern­ment to lis­ten to the com­mu­nity and un­der­stand the need for this change,” Mrs Freck­ling­ton said.

PHOTO: CON­TRIB­UTED

LONG-TERM IS­SUE: Mem­ber for Nanango Deb Freck­ling­ton has tabled a pe­ti­tion call­ing on the State Gov­ern­ment to lower the speed limit on the Bris­bane Val­ley High­way at the Old Mt Beppo Rd in­ter­sec­tion.

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