Submission Pro-forma Available

 

A pro-forma letter is available for you to download and make a submission to the Department of Transport & Main Roads, through the Office of Mark McArdle MP.

On 12 Member for Caloundra Mark McArdle called on the local community and key stakeholders to submit urgent feedback to his office surrounding key problems with the Bruce Highway and Caloundra Rd Interchange upgrades. It comes as negotiations are still ongoing between Mr McArdle’s office and the Department of Main Roads for the department and the shortlisted tenderers to attend a public forum where community concerns can be aired.

A spokeswoman from Main Roads advised that the forum will be one of the last opportunities for such issues to be tabled to the stakeholder register, which the tenderers must take into full consideration when preparing the final plans.

“This is our last chance to send a direct message to Main Roads and the tenderers about the serious problems and concerns regarding this upgrade to ensure they get it right,” Mr McArdle said.

“I will be writing to local stakeholders to ensure they understand the urgency and importance of submitting feedback in writing to my office as soon as possible.

“Main Roads have advised there is a short window of time to include these concerns on the stakeholder register since the announcement of the tenderers, so we need to urgently act now.”

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to download a word document that you can amend and submit yourself.

Here is the text of the document:

The Honourable Mark McArdle MP
Member for Caloundra
1 Pia Place
118 Bulcock St
Caloundra, QLD 4551

Re: Bruce Highway Upgrade Caloundra Road to Sunshine Motorway.

Dear Mr McArdle

I write to you as a concerned resident/business owner about aspects of the planned upgrade of the Bruce Highway between Caloundra Road and the Sunshine Motorway, and in particular to the closure of the on/off ramps exit 190 and the removal of a significant portion of the Beerwah State Forest along Steve Irwin Way.
I strongly disagree with aspects of the plan and would like to voice my objection to the closure of the on/off ramps to the Bruce Highway known as exit 190, by Queensland Department of Transport and Main Roads (TMR).

I believe that closing all the on/off ramps at exit 190 to the Bruce Highway will have serious consequences for Palmview and Glenview residents, as well as the businesses in the area. In addition the removal of 26 hectares of old growth rainforest and the planned re-structure of the Caloundra interchange will have a direct effect on the sensitive natural habitat and people’s ability to access the businesses that are presently serviced by Exit 190.

1. EMERGENCY VEHICLES RESPONSE TIMES

The response times of Emergency vehicles coming into and out of Palmview and Glenview from the Bruce Highway would be extended. This places lives and property at serious risk, as every minute counts in an emergency situation.

Community safety is also at serious risk in case of fire, flood or mass evacuation of Palmview and Glenview, which could occur in neighbouring reserves, bushland and National Parks.
Two cases in point in the last two months, a burning truck was quickly attended to via emergency services that made excellent use of Exit 190 South to reach the inferno in a timely fashion. The second accident happened in the underpass that links Frizzo Rd to Pignata Rd, the car in question landed in the middle of the two highway bridges. Fortunately no one was killed in either accident. If the single vehicle accident had occurred under the new design things may have gone very differently as there would have been only one road option to reach the vehicle and anyone on the Palmview side of the road would have been trapped.

2. EXIT 190 IS A VITAL LINK

The existing on/off ramps at exit 190 are a vital link for residents, visitors and business people of Palmview and Glenview to access the Bruce Highway in a quick and efficient manner, without delays. Being able to access the Bruce Highway quickly is one of the reasons why many residents and businesses are located at Palmview & Glenview. The majority of current Palmview & Glenview residents use the existing north and southbound on-ramp access, onto the Bruce Highway, when they travel towards Brisbane (south) or towards Gympie (north).

3. LOSS OF CUSTOMERS & REVENUE TO LOCAL SMALL BUSINESS

Customers would be forced to navigate a longer and more difficult route through Tanawha (southbound) or exiting at Caloundra Road and then onto Steve Irwin Way (northbound). This makes it harder for customers to do business with the existing businesses, which means less chance of retention or repeat business, and a certain loss in revenue.

When drivers see a business they wish to visit on a major highway, they immediately look for an exit to take. Closure of these off ramps prevents visitors from making that decision. It is very unlikely that they will double back to Caloundra Road & Steve Irwin Way to access this precinct, travelling south, or exit onto the Sunshine Motorway and double back via the western service road.
Upgrades mean an improvement to services, not removing infrastructure that has served the community well for many years, and will continue to do so for many years into the future. There are genuine alternatives to the proposed Draft Plan, and I request that TMR find suitable alternatives that will be acceptable to the communities of Sippy Downs, Glenview and Palmview.

I ask that TMR:
1. Keep the existing off ramp at Exit 190 (Southbound on the Bruce Highway)
2. Keep the existing on ramp at Exit 190 (Southbound on the Bruce Highway)
3. Formulate any future plans to greatly improve design to reduce the Caloundra Interchange footprint to

a. allow better access to the Glenview/ Palmview area
b. have no impact on the Beerwah State Forest.

There has been considerable community anger over this issue already, and I do not expect that it will ease until our on/off ramps at exit 190 are saved. I do not believe it is acceptable for an existing community’s safety, amenity, business plan and identity to be put at risk by plans to remove access for our residents, visitors and business owners.

Yours Sincerely
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Signed

 

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Date:            /            / 2015

2 Comments

  1. Ask Main Roads to go back to the drawing board & DESIGN A SYSTEM THAT WILL SAVE EXIT 190 otherwise ask someone else that is more capable to submit a design!! A way must be possible! obviously the present designers are incapable.
    Brian Pike

    • Thanks for the support Brian, hopefully the successful tender company will have enough brains to come up with a solution that will appease everyone.

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