Member for Caloundra Mark McArdle today welcomed Minister for Main Roads decision to meet with concerned Aussie World precinct business owners to discuss the proposed closure of Exit 190 as part of the Bruce Highway Upgrade.
After speaking with Minister Mark Bailey yesterday during Parliament I am pleased to hear that he has since arranged to meet with Steve Amos, the owner of the Aussie World Garage and Mike Doroshenko of Save Exit 190 lobby group, to discuss their concerns about the impending closure of the northbound exit.
“On behalf of the many businesses located at this complex and surrounds which depend upon local and tourist traffic to fund their businesses, we are delighted with the opportunity to share our concerns with the Minister,” Mr Amos said.
“I am heartened by the news that the communication channels have re-opened and look forward to hearing that a resolution can be reached that protects the livelihood of people who work and own businesses in the Aussie World area,” Mr McArdle said.
Owner of the Aussie World Garage Mr Steve Amos said “mine is the only true independent service station on the Bruce Highway from Brisbane to Maryborough that provides a solid alternative to the users of the Bruce Highway. The drastic change of our North and Southbound access will effectively remove us from the highway and remove our ability to remain in business.
“As we have petitioned on numerous occasions, we the businesses directly affected by the deletion of Exit 190, would like to see direct access retained to allow us to keep our businesses, and the people we employ, functioning long term.
“A better alternative for our community and the rainforest along Steve Irwin Way has to be found. Easy access without destruction of environment and community has to be achievable allowing a balanced result for all those involved and not just one party,” Mr Amos said.
Mr McArdle said the current proposal has people travelling away from Aussie World before they can access a road to get back to Aussie World.
“The current proposal is clearly flawed and I thank the Minister for agreeing to the meeting and urge him to be ready to truly listen to and consider legitimate alternatives,” concluded Mr McArdle.