NOT IMPRESSED: Curra local Mick Arnup won't back down until changes are made to make his local area safer.
NOT IMPRESSED: Curra local Mick Arnup won't back down until changes are made to make his local area safer. Jacob Carson

Worried dad says Curra hoons are endangering his kids

A CURRA family are concerned for the safety of their children due to regular hooning down a nearby road.

Resident Mick Arnup argued the speed limit on Atkinson Rd in Curra, currently 80km/h, is too high especially considering the poor state of the road.

"To me this is clearly a safety issue,” he said.

"We've been here for nearly six months now and the I worry about the safety of my two kids.”

The road is a direct link to the Bruce Highway, and regularly sees traffic as large as semi-trailers moving through at high speeds.

Arnup claims the spot is regular area for hoons, with tyre marks clearly seen across the road.

A local bus stop for the nearby school has no markings or indicators, with the area perilously close to the open road.

"This area next to the road is often just a pile of mud,” Arnup said, "I have to wait out here with my kids behind me every morning.”

Attempts to have the speed reduced to at least 60km/h have so far been unsuccessful.

A meeting with local council has yet to see any work or plans announced for the area, causing major frustrations.

"We talked to them more than a month ago about this, and nothing's come of it,” Mick said.

"With the rates as expensive as they are it's ridiculous.”

A spokesperson from Gympie Regional Council confirmed that the road's speed limit had in fact been raised almost five years ago.

However, they were unable to disclose the reasoning behind the change.

"We're not too impressed,” Arnup said. "They really haven't come out here and done anything.”

In addition to the lowering of the speed limit, Arnup would ultimately like to see the area renovated,with the addition of footpaths or barriers separating the main road from the stop.

Despite the setbacks, Arnup is adamant he'll keep fighting the issue until something changes.

"I don't go away when I know there's an issue, especially when it's about my kids,” he said.

"Unfortunately I think it's going to take somebody getting hit before we see anything really change.”

Gympie Times


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