Doonan Bridge Rd upgrade & road design
Verrierdale residents are very
concerned with a number of safety issues relating to the
roads upgrade & design, and have formally submitted
these concerns to council along with reports from two
independent accredited road engineers stating the road is
unsafe and sub-standard. These concerns and issues have
been ignored. In frustration at Council's inaction to
resolve these serious issues, and exacerbated by Council's
inadequate consultation with residents throughout the road
project, the residents gathered on Saturday 20 January
2018 to protest onsite.
To date, Council are continuing road construction as planned, ignoring safety and other concerns. These include:
Response to Date (26/2/18)
According to Residents
A 100 kph speed
limit is far too dangerous! Road users
particularly cyclists, pedestrians and wildlife
are at risk.
Two independent, accredited road engineers commissioned by residents are recommending a safer maximum of 70 kph limit.
To be reviewed
by a Speed Review Committee (but there is no
guarantee of a lower speed limit being imposed)
alternative safer route for a dangerous sharp
corner that has a history of crashes was
submitted to council for consideration (ref.
drawing on page 4 of the Advertiser newspaper published
25 Jan 2018)
The current design of the sharp corner does not account for the safety of four residents entering & exiting from their driveways on this corner. Residents' alternative gentler, safer corner design option should be adopted.
still committed to build their sub-standard and
unsafe corner design.
concerns and a number of road design hazards
identified by two independent, accredited road
engineers hired by residents have NOT been
considered, and road works are continuing despite
Mayor Mark Jamieson has stated on the ABC radio talk-back on Wed 21 Feb 2018, "I'll follow up on the private assessments to make sure they are being considered"
The Mayor has said he would follow up on this.
Outcome is still pending
||No allowance for designated school bus stops along the finished road. School children's safety is being put at risk! This concern was raised with Mayor Jamieson on the ABC radio talk-back on Wed 21 Feb 2018.||
no outcome as yet
||Council have constructed a massive 10m wide x 2m deep x 300m long CANAL. Residents asked that Council reduce this to a shallower, safer, mow-able, grass swale. Residents do NOT want any more of the already extensive ugly 'AMCO' guard rails along the road.||
agreed to reduce the depth of the CANAL by 400mm,
but this has not resolved the issue.
(ie. inadequate remedy)"
of natural floodwaters: Council have constructed a
massive, inappropriate for the area, rock lined
CANAL to redirect ALL floodwaters from the whole
catchment, ignoring the fact that the majority of
floodwaters naturally flowed into the ex-cane
fields to the east of the sharp corner. WHY?
These natural floodwater flows should be restored which would negate the need for such a large CANAL.
continuing to build their inappropriate drainage
(ie. completely ignored)"
heavy reliance on guard rails along many sections
of the road pose unnecessary hazards for road
users. They make the road resemble a highway
rather than a rural road, and are obstacles and
death traps for local wildlife, particularly
adjacent to the Doonan Creek Environmental
Reserve. Someone will be killed because of these
(Residents feel Council chose the basic cheaper & ugly option)"
The massive drainage
design and road resembling a highway may have a
hidden agenda for further development in the area.
Local division 9 Councillor, Steve Robinson said he would put his name to the fact that quote "there is no intention of council what-so-ever to further develop in that area", broadcast on WIN News (channel 80). As Councillor Robinson may not run another term, residents want this assurance guaranteed in writing.
this space... in the future
|9||The Kabi Kabi (traditional owners) invited a local resident to attend a meeting with Council regarding a cultural heritage site on the sharp corner in question, however Council would not allow the resident to attend. Why not?||