REALISTIC: Cr Larry Friske is calling on Main Roads to have an urgent look at the Matilda intersection in view of the deadly blind spot highlighted by The Gympie Times.
REALISTIC: Cr Larry Friske is calling on Main Roads to have an urgent look at the Matilda intersection in view of the deadly blind spot highlighted by The Gympie Times.

Fatal Kybong longterm problem

GYMPIE Region Mayor Ron Dyne yesterday described the deadly Matilda intersection at Kybong as no drama.

Despite this, he agreed to take the concerns of the community to Main Roads some time in the future.

“I don’t think it’s a drama. I’ve been through that intersection myself and it’s not too bad. People need to drive to the conditions.”

When The Gympie Times asked if there was someone better to represent the community on this issue, Cr Dyne responded with: “I’m the bloody mayor. I’m prepared to talk to Main Roads… I represent the community on plenty of things that I don’t agree with. There are obviously a number of issues that need to be addressed.”

Cr Dyne said he thought it was inappropriate to talk about the intersection in view of Sunday’s fatal accident that killed Coles Creek teenager Brad Garard.

However, the 19-year-old’s family said they wanted Brad’s death to bring about improvements to the intersection to make it safer.

Gympie Regional Council’s Works and Services chairman Larry Friske agreed that something needed to be done.

He said the series of photographs published in Wednesday’s The Gympie Times proved the point.

“The photos show if you stop at the stop line there is a very real visual problem.”

COUNCILLOR Larry Friske called on Main Roads to have an urgent look at the Matilda intersection even though Mayor Ron Dyne said he did not see it as a problem.

“It’s been a major problem from day one,” Cr Friske said.

“The photos (published Wednesday, May 5) prove there is a definite blind spot created by vehicles turning into Matilda.

“We’ll be asking Main Roads to have an urgent look at the geometry of that intersection, particularly in relation to the line-marking because we believe there has to be scope for improving the visibility there to avoid another situation.

“If you stop at the stop line there is a very real visibility problem.

“We certainly will be asking if there are any other possible options for entering or leaving the complex.”

Cr Friske said the whole thing had been a fiasco from day one with Council originally rejecting the development application of the Matilda service station on access concerns.

“Council didn’t believe you could get safe access to the service station from the highway. That rejection was overwritten by the then-Local Government and Main Roads Minister Russ Hinze.

“It’s probably the worst intersection of any service station in Queensland and I’m certain it has the highest death rate also.”

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