Safety campaign gets new support
THE campaign to improve safety at the Matilda intersection at Kybong gathered momentum yesterday with a cross-party demonstration by truck drivers and residents at the site.
Federal National Party leader, Warren Truss and Gympie’s LNP state Member, David Gibson shared their concerns with the labour movement’s side of politics when they joined Transport Workers Union state secretary and ALP stalwart Hughie Williams at the intersection.
They were joined by about 50 truck drivers and residents and enjoyed the loudly expressed support of dozens of passing car and truck drivers as they raised their fists in salute to the cause of fixing the design problems which they say have plagued the intersection for too long.
Mr Williams said the union had devoted considerable resources to yesterday’s demonstration because of the concerns of its members.
“But we need the public to get involved as well,” he said.
“You can see we have a lot of backing from truckies and car drivers,” he said, as another heavy vehicle blew its horn in support of the demonstration.
“We’re calling on the public to support this campaign to have this intersection rectified and to stop this terrible loss of life.
“It’s not like we’re only doing it for ourselves.
“We just want to make sure people’s lives are not wasted on the roads.”
In a rare show of cross-party support, Mr Gibson said; “It’s fantastic that we have the support of the TWU.
“Anyone who lives in this area knows how dangerous it is.
“This is not about finger pointing or allocating blame it is about getting something done.
“You can see how important it is when we get this sort of across-the-board support,” he said.
Mr Truss said the only real solution was completion of the Cooroy-to-Curra by-pass, which would take the highway some kilometres to the east. “But in the meantime, we need to make this place safer,” he said.