Mayor on a mission
GYMPIE Regional Mayor Ron Dyne has made a date to speak with Federal Minister for Main Roads Anthony Albanese about upgrading the Matilda service station intersection.
The meeting has been planned for June 18 to coincide with a trip to Canberra for the Australian Local Government Association Conference.
Cr Dyne will also use his time in Canberra to speak with Federal Minister for Environment and Arts Peter Garrett about the proposed closure of fishing zones on the Cooloola Coast.
“Gympie Regional Council is taking proactive steps at a Federal Government level to address three issues with the potential to have major impacts on the Gympie Region,” Cr Dyne said.
“(These are) the Bruce Highway Bypass project, upgrading the existing intersection at the Matilda Service Station at Kybong... (and the) proposed closure of fishing zones, currently a matter for concern in the Cooloola Coast.”
Cr Dyne said Council had initiated discussions with the Department of Transport and Main Roads in particular regarding improvements to visibility at the Matilda intersection on the Bruce Highway.
The dangers of the intersection were highlighted by the recent death of Brad Garard, 19, who was killed in his car on May 2 when he pulled out of the service station into the path of a passing truck.
The accident was the result of a blind spot caused by vehicles turning into the complex.
MAYOR Ron Dyne said advice had been received as a result of discussions with the Department of Main Roads about measures which could be taken to make the Matilda service station intersection safer.
“Our deputation to the Minister’s office will focus on discussing these measures and seeking funding through the Federal Government to put them in place," Cr Dyne said.
Cr Dyne told The Gympie Times he didn’t know what the options were at this stage, however he did say he wasn’t in favour of a set of lights being installed at the intersection.
He said the trip to Canberra would also include a meeting with Mr Garrett to discuss the Areas for Further Assessment (AFA) issues currently a matter for concern in the Cooloola Coast.
“The AFA focuses on the proposed closure of fishing zones which will be assessed as part of the establishment of new controls over Commonwealth waters,” Cr Dyne said.
“Cooloola Coast business and community organisations have identified the potential for significant social and economic impacts on the region if these proposed closures are put in place.
“Council is working closely with organisations including the Tin Can Bay Chamber of Commerce and Tourism, recreational and commercial fishing operators to help raise awareness of the potential impacts of the closure and to bring these issues to the awareness of Government at all levels.”