Concerns over community safety will be put in a letter to the State Government as increased use has damaged roads around Mt Coolon. Picture: Trudy Brown
Concerns over community safety will be put in a letter to the State Government as increased use has damaged roads around Mt Coolon. Picture: Trudy Brown

‘Ongoing battle’: Letter penned to improve region’s roads

CONCERNS over the safety of roads in western parts of the Whitsundays will be put in writing by the Whitsunday Regional Council to push for action from the State Government.

The council will pen a letter to the State Government's co-ordinator general and the Department of Transport and Main Roads noting how an increase in traffic around Mt Coolon had degraded the region's roads.

There is a host of roadworks and developments under way in the Collinsville and Mt Coolon areas, including works on the Adani camp, which has meant cars, trucks and heavy machinery have been travelling along previously quiet roads.

Division 4 councillor Michelle Wright said some residents were concerned for the safety of themselves and visitors.

"There's a lot of noise, traffic and dust," she said.

"A lot of the residents live out there on properties or they live out there because they like that remoteness, and it's just not like that at the minute."

Division 4 councillor Michelle Wright says residents are concerned for their safety because of damaged roads around Mt Coolon.
Division 4 councillor Michelle Wright says residents are concerned for their safety because of damaged roads around Mt Coolon.

Suttor Developmental Rd and Gregory Development Rd are of particular concern with both roads owned by the state.

Council's CEO Rod Ferguson said the council would ask the Department of Transport and Main Roads to "improve what's going on there" and monitor the state of the roads.

"We've been verbally expressing concerns for some time, but this is a formal letter to both the co-ordinator general and the Department of Transport and Main Roads expressing our concerns about safety aspects for residents in the Mt Coolon area," he said.

"It's getting very busy out there and the roads are breaking up.

"While we're trying to patch them up all the time it is an ongoing battle."

Cr Wright said she had spoken to several residents in the area who were concerned and floated the idea of a shuttle service to transport contractors to and from camps to reduce the number of vehicles on the road.

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After the issue was first discussed at a council meeting in August, Pattel's Collinsville Transport operations manager Daryl Walsh said the combination of works had led to dangerous conditions and some close calls for drivers.

"With the excessive road use, the road is turning into bulldust where it's not been bulldust before," he said.

"You've got tourists travelling up through there in a caravan going to Burdekin Dam.

"They've not experienced bulldust … they could end up off the road."

In August, a spokesman from the Department of Transport and Main Roads said regular monitoring and upgrades would continue with increased traffic in the area because of the works.


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