Road safety concerns

GYMPIE Regional councillors have been warned to avoid road safety problems from extractive industry applications.

Works Committee chairman Larry Friske told colleagues at this week’s council Planning Committee meeting that they would end up with problems if they did not insist of high standards of enforceable traffic safety.

Councillors were considering an application to extract and screen up to 100,000 tonnes of soil, sand and gravel a year at a site in Curra Estate Road.

Planning chairman Ian Petersen said it probably would not be that bad, because the quarry could not sustain 100,000 tonnes a year over 20 years on its relatively small area.

“He’d end up in China,” he said.

Cr Friske questioned whether a 60kmh speed limit for trucks, as part of a private code of conduct at the site would work and called for conditions to include greater expenditure on upgrading the site’s access route.

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