Noosa MP Sandy Bolton met with concerned residents early on Friday morning to discuss the longstanding safety concerns of Six Mile Bridge #7.
“This bridge is dangerous. Full stop. There have been too many serious incidents and near misses on this section and the time has come for these to be addressed. Even though a number of safety mitigation works have taken place in response to our requests, these have not worked sufficiently. When Minister Bailey came up in March this year, I drove with him to the site to explain why, and how that can be remedied.” she said.
Residents on Friday morning gave examples of why they were living in constant fear for their, and their loved ones safety as they endeavoured to get to work, school and the shops. They witness ‘near misses’ on a daily basis, and what the impact is on their mental and physical health.
“Regardless of which government removed this single lane bridge from QTRIP years ago, it now needs to be replaced as a matter of priority,” Ms Bolton said.
Ms Bolton met with the Department Transport and Main Roads during Parliament this week to request a commitment to prework before the end of the year, and expects to have a response before next Parliament.
Residents also raised at the meeting safety and maintenance concerns regarding the Pomona-Kin Kin Range Road, haulage trucks and dangerous driver behaviour. Sandy reported that she had already met with TMR regarding sections that needed resheeting and longer-term solutions and will be meeting with the quarry owner and police next week to discuss options going forward.
“I ask anyone witnessing or experiencing incidents to contact Policelink on 131 444 as it is vitally important that the police are advised,” she said.
For anyone wishing to add their concerns to either of these issues, please email TMR on firstname.lastname@example.org or contact Ms Bolton’s office at email@example.com or phone 5319 3100.