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POWELL MEDIA RELEASE – Another accident was just waiting to happen (3 November 2011)

“And unfortunately another one did happen on the dangerous stretch of the Steve Irwin Way, Glasshouse Mountains,” Member for Glass House, Andrew Powell said.

Mr Powell has been in continual contact with Main Roads since being elected in an effort to have the speed limit along the Steve Irwin Way, Glasshouse Mountains, from the sports fields to south of the caravan park reduced to 80km/h.

“In August this year I was finally informed that the speed on the notorious stretch of road on either side of the Matilda Service Station was to be reduced from 100km/h to 80km/h.  Whereas this wasn’t exactly what we had been asking for it was a win of sorts.

“Just as recently as two weeks ago I was in contact with Main Roads again as the promised time frame of six weeks to change the speed signs had blown out to 11 weeks.

“I was informed late last Friday that the delay was as a result of Main Roads deciding that the original request to have the speed reduced all the way to the caravan park on Steve Irwin Way actually had some merit, “Mr Powell said.

Main Roads initially informed Mr Powell that as a result of the speed reduction being extended to include the caravan park, the application process had to start all over again and that it would be another six weeks until the signs were changed.

“That really was downright crazy.  Considering we had another serious accident involving two cars at the Matilda Service Station this past weekend, I contacted Main Roads to request that this application be given immediate priority considering it had already been approved.

“I am pleased to now report that I was informed on Wednesday afternoon that weather permitting, the signs should be changed by Friday 5 November. 

“This is certainly a great result for our community, “Mr Powell concluded.


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