24 October 2017 - Update: It’s a Win for Kin Kin!
Attribute all quotes to State Member for Noosa Glen Elmes MP
“In response to pressure from me and outrage by the local community, it seems the Minister for Main Roads has come to his senses and has withdrawn this important parcel of state owned land from sale.
“I would like to thank the Minister for listening and responding to our serious concerns. However I would caution him to take a closer look at his department’s recommendations before thoughtlessly signing away lifesaving solutions to road safety hazards.
“As more people move into our smaller towns, so too do day-trippers who, as strangers to local road conditions, are even more likely to experience a crash.
“There are a number of single lane bridges and roads, notably the Six Mile Creek Bridge, which need important safety upgrades throughout the Noosa Shire. As the Member for Noosa I will fight hard to have these works prioritised, funded and completed,” Mr Elmes said
Friday 20 October 2017
State owned land key to road safety improvements in Kin Kin
The Department of Transport and Main Roads plan to sell a much needed parcel of land instead of using it to realign a dangerous section of Pomona Kin Kin Road, forcing motorists on to a single lane bridge from a blind corner.
Member for Noosa Glen Elmes MP said the approach to the narrow Kin Kin bridge is from a hair pin corner where drivers cannot clearly see the bridge and have less than a few seconds to avoid a head-on collision.
“Located at 996 Pomona Kin Kin Road, Kin Kin, is an extremely useful and important piece of land that will be auctioned on October 27 instead of being kept and used by the Department to realign the approach to the bridge and finally address the community’s long standing safety concerns.
“For the Minister for Main Roads and Road Safety to approve the sale of this land, when the evidence and need for the realignment of this road is well documented, is not only short-sighted but is negligent in the extreme.
“Selling state owned land before the necessary road and bridge upgrades have been decided upon, will see the inevitable resumption of this land by the department, when it realises it needed it all along. By forgetting the needs of this community and his own responsibilities as the Minister for Road Safety, Mr Bailey has shown how out of touch he really is.
“I have been contacted by residents and community groups who are outraged that they have been ignored for too long and are shocked that the department is so ignorant that they could sell off the only hope of a solution. I have written to the Minister twice in one week urging him to instruct his Department to stop the sale of this land.
“It is my understanding that despite the demonstrated and longstanding need for this upgrade, and the urgent upgrade of the notorious and dangerous Six Mile Creek single lane Bridge, no funding has been allocated. It is clear for all to see that this Brisbane centric Labor Government has forgotten the communities living in the Noosa Electorate, Mr Elmes said.