Netballer Bernadette Matthews and some of the damaged areas requiring repair in Hyne St.
Netballer Bernadette Matthews and some of the damaged areas requiring repair in Hyne St. Renee Pilcher

Hyne St chaos too costly to mend

THE worst stretch of one of Gympie's busiest, most narrow and damaged commercial roads will get a $33,000 repair job next financial year.

Hyne St runs parallel to the Bruce Hwy, services a commercial hub that attracts an increasing amount of traffic and intersects with Excelsior Rd at a notorious bottleneck.

Its 10-metre width makes it technically a lane but it accommodates a daily stream of fast food and other shopping traffic and large trucks that cannot fit on the road verge and therefore occupy part of the roadway when parked and/or offloading cargo.

Gympie netballer Bernadette Matthews yesterday welcomed news from Mayor Ron Dyne that the road surface in front of the netball courts would be repaired, kerbed and channelled.

It's something the Gympie Netball Association has sought for a long time and hopes will stop truck drivers performing U-turns in the car park.

"We have been addressing this issue with the council over a long period of time," Ms Matthews said of the danger to players and families using the courts.

"It's an extremely positive move that they are going to do this in the next financial year."

Hyne Rd was badly damaged during the Bruce Hwy upgrade and although Gympie Regional Council was able to obtain some compensatory funds from Main Roads - spent to improve the area between the traffic lights and Barbeque's Galore - it did not get any compensation from the contractor.

Main Roads also destroyed one of the netball courts when its employees parked heavy vehicles there during the highway works, and subsequently made only a "token gesture of a few thousand dollars" in compensation, Ms Matthews said.

As well, the surface of Hyne St is broken, with large potholes and badly damaged kerbs and channels.

Councillor Dyne said this week the whole street needed to be rebuilt and this was going to cost a lot of money.

"We are working on a solution for the whole street," he said.

Gympie Times


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