Mayor Ron Dyne (right) accepts the Matilda petition from Brendan Blatchly, with (from left) Transport Workers Union organiser Ed Taylor, victim’s family representative John Carlson and trucking safety advocates Michael Hogg and Brendan Blatchly.
Mayor Ron Dyne (right) accepts the Matilda petition from Brendan Blatchly, with (from left) Transport Workers Union organiser Ed Taylor, victim’s family representative John Carlson and trucking safety advocates Michael Hogg and Brendan Blatchly. Craig Warhurst

One man's efforts to fix junction

“THE way we were feeling we couldn’t have done anything,” John Carlson said yesterday of one truck driver’s volunteer petition to draw federal attention to the accident rate at Kybong’s Matilda intersection.

“As a family we want to thank (petition organiser) Brendan Blatchly, because something needs to be done.

Thanks to Mr Blatchly, Gympie Region Mayor Ron Dyne will take 800 voices to Canberra with him next week, to help lobby for urgent improvements to the intersection.

Among them will be the voice of thousands of truck drivers who use the intersection regularly, the Transport Workers Union, which yesterday called for a full police and Main Roads Department review of the intersection and its accident history.

Union state secretary Hughie Williams yesterday said the accident rate was proof enough of “something wrong with the way trucks and other vehicles drive into and out of the Matilda service Station.

“I’ve called for an urgent report from our organiser Ed Taylor, who was in Gympie this morning,” he said.

“We have a lot of service stations along the highway and we don’t have the rate of accidents that we see at Matilda.

“Either it is badly designed or the whole service station shouldn’t be there at all.”

The rest of the 800 voices are signatures which one lone truck driver was able to gather in his spare time to petition Cr Dyne on the issue.

At a brief handover meeting at Gympie Town Hall yesterday, Brendan Blatchly handed his petition to Cr Dyne for the Mayor to present to Federal Infrastructure and Local Government Minister Anthony Albanese.

The presentation will coincide with Cr Dyne’s Canberra visit for the Australian Council of Local Government conference.

Gympie Times


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