SDDCA back-flips on Exit 190

Save Exit 190 group are disappointed in the Sippy Downs & District Community Association (SDDCA) after they recently changed their position on keeping exit 190 open. They are now in favour of the closure of the on/off ramps at exit 190, and choose to disagree with many locals who are angered at the latest Qld. Department of Transport & Main Roads (TMR) proposal to close exit 190.

In complete contradiction to today’s SDDCA stance, on 29 January 2012 the SDDCA made a submission to the Bruce Highway Upgrade Planning Study about the T.M.R Draft Plan for the Bruce Highway Upgrade. In that public submission the SDDCA stated:

“the SDDCA objects to the following items in the TMR draft plan:

ITEM 7
The closure of the existing southbound off ramp from the Bruce Highway onto Pignata Road, Palmview.
1. The closure of this existing southbound off-ramp would have serious consequences for business owners at the tourism & business precinct of Aussie World and Ettamogah Pub. Their customers would be forced to navigate a more difficult route exiting at Caloundra Road and then onto Steve Irwin Way. Making it harder for your customers to do business with you, means less chance of retention or repeat business.
2. When tourists see an attraction they wish to visit, they immediately look for an exit to take. Closure of this off ramp prevents visitors from making that decision. They will not double back from Caloundra Road & Steve Irwin Way to access this precinct.
3. The response times of Emergency vehicles coming into Palmview from the Bruce Highway would be extended. This places lives and property at serious risk, as every minute counts in an emergency situation.
4. Closure of this southbound off-ramp deprives 17,000 future residents of the Palmview development from entering their suburb in a quick and timely manner. Those residents would be forced to double back from Caloundra Road & Steve Irwin Way, or use the existing Sippy Downs road network. This is an unacceptable outcome for our community, when an upgrade to Claymore Road will not be considered by the Sunshine Coast Regional Council until 2031.
5. Not having direct access from the Bruce Highway would make it more difficult for developers to sell blocks of land at Palmview. A greater return on their investment would be achieved if this existing infrastructure remained.

ITEM 8
The closure of the existing southbound on ramp from Pignata Road onto the Bruce Highway, Palmview.
1. The majority of Palmview residents using the existing on-ramp access, south onto the Bruce Highway, travel south to Brisbane. Making them use the Western Service Road and travel via Steve Irwin Way and then onto Caloundra Road will add considerable time onto the journey.
2. This on-ramp would be a major feeder onto the Bruce Highway for 17,000 future residents of Palmview.
3. Not having this ramp access would place more strain on the Sippy Downs road network, and the Western Service Road. This is an unacceptable outcome for our community, when an upgrade to Claymore Road will not be considered by the Sunshine Coast Regional Council until 2031.
4. This existing on-ramp is a vital link for residents, visitors and business people of Palmview to access the Bruce Highway in a quick and efficient manner, without delays.
5. Being able to access the Bruce Highway quickly is one of the reasons why many residents would choose to live at Palmview.
6. The closure of this on-ramp would have serious consequences for business owners at Palmview. Their customers would be forced to navigate a more difficult route to access the Bruce Highway via Steve Irwin Way & Caloundra Road. Making it harder for your customers means less chance of retention or repeat business.
7. The SDDCA completely rejects the TMR proposal of this on ramp being too close to the Caloundra Interchange. This is existing infrastructure which has been in place for many years and served the community well.
8. Not having direct access south onto the Bruce Highway would make it more difficult for developers to sell blocks of land at Palmview. A greater return on their investment would be achieved if this existing infrastructure remained.
9. The response times of Emergency vehicles already in Palmview would be extended for accidents or calls out on the Bruce Highway, or taking patients to Caloundra Hospital.
10. Community safety is at serious risk in case of fire, flood or mass evacuation of Palmview, which could occur with neighbouring reserves, bushland and National Parks.

ITEM 9
The closure of the existing northbound off ramp from the Bruce Highway onto Frizzo Road, Palmview
1. The closure of this off-ramp would have serious consequences for business owners at the tourism & business precinct of Aussie World and Ettamogah Pub. Their customers would be forced to navigate a more difficult route exiting at Caloundra Road and then onto Steve Irwin Way. Making it harder for your customers to do business with you, means less chance of retention or repeat business.
2. This off-ramp would be a major feeder off the Bruce Highway for 17,000 future residents of Palmview. Closure of this northbound off-ramp from the Bruce Highway deprives residents of the Palmview development from entering their suburb in a quick and timely manner. Those residents would be forced to exit onto Caloundra Road & Steve Irwin Way, and use the Western Service Road, causing delays and driver frustration.
3. Not having this off-ramp access would place more strain on the Western Service Road.
4. This existing off-ramp is a vital link for residents, visitors and business people of Palmview to access the tourism & business precinct of Aussie World and Ettamogah Pub in a quick and efficient manner, without delays.
5. Not having direct access from the Bruce Highway would make it more difficult for developers to sell blocks of land at Palmview. A greater return on their investment would be achieved if this existing infrastructure remained.
6. When tourists see an attraction they wish to visit, they immediately look for an exit to take. Closure of this off ramp prevents visitors from making that decision. They will not double back from the Sunshine Motorway to access this precinct. Business will be lost.
7. The response times of Emergency vehicles coming into Palmview from the Bruce Highway would be extended. This places lives and property at serious risk, as every minute counts in an emergency situation.

Summary & Recommendations
There has been considerable community anger over the issue of the proposal to close the two on/off ramp access to the Sunshine Motorway near the Chancellor Park Marketplace, as well as closing the other 3 on/off ramps at Palmview. This will have serious consequences for business owners, residents and visitors at Sippy Downs and Palmview. The result will be detrimental to business and force closure. The entire community is united and wish to keep these existing on/off ramps open.

On 17 July 2015 the Qld. Department of Transport & Main Roads (TMR) released their latest amended plan. However the closure of the on/off ramps on the Bruce Highway (exit 190) are due to close in the latest TMR proposal, if residents do not make a stand against this proposal.

As a result, the closure of the on/off ramps at exit 190

  • Will have serious impacts on the businesses in the Aussie World precinct, and all those who rely on exit 190
  • Will have huge implications for future increased traffic THROUGH Sippy Downs, when 17,000 people are trying to get in and out of Palmview. Motorists will always take the shortest route possible, and that means through our already congested streets of Sippy Downs.
  • Response times of emergency vehicles coming into the future Palmview development (greenfield site) and also existing Glenview residences, from the Bruce Highway, would be extended. This places lives and property at serious risk.

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In a recent public statement:

“The SDDCA accepts the need to remove the exit 190 ramps for safety and operations reasons in order to construct the western service road, increase this section of highway to six lanes and increase the speed limit to 110 knp.”

Save Exit 190 group is unsure why the SDDCA has changed their long held view on this issue when there are literally hundreds of people in support of keeping exit 190 open. We believe that decisions are being made by one or two people within the SDDCA, and it is now clear that they are not representing local community interests. To merely accept the opinion of TMR as fact without question is astounding, and somewhat questionable.

“The SDDCA feels the need to assure residents that the removal of the ramps at Exit 190 and construction of the western service road will not generate more traffic into Sippy Downs from the future Palmview development.

TMR are the same people who wanted to close the on/off ramps at Sippy Downs on the Sunshine Motorway for the same reasons in 2012, did the SDDCA agree with them then? …… NO.

We just want our exit 190 to stay and keep our on/off ramps open, that’s it. We welcome the Western Service Road and any other infrastructure. An upgrade of the Bruce Highway is meant to be an upgrade, not downgrade of services, without thinking about future needs. We don’t need spin that has been fed by a Government Department.

At a time when community groups and other political representatives should be helping and standing together with locals voicing their concerns, the SDDCA decide to ignore those calls and just tell us we are wrong. They risk becoming irrelevant when they fail to support locals who have genuine common sense concerns and do not seek to help those in the community.

We will not be fooled, and we will not stop until our exit 190 on/off ramps are saved. ‪#‎saveexit190‬

 Yours Truly

Save Exit 190
www.exit190.com

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