Maleny Intersection a Death Waiting to Happen

11 December 2019

LNP Member for Glass House Andrew
Powell has welcomed road upgrades for the intersection of Landsborough-Maleny
Road and Mountain View Road in Maleny but he and locals have grave concerns
that not enough is being done.

The Cairncross Corner intersection
has seen many a car crash throughout the years, with the number of accidents
increasing as Maleny becomes an even more popular tourist destination and more
populated.

“TMR have informed me that line
marking on the eastbound side of Landsborough-Maleny Road will be changed to
make it clearer that traffic must slow down and cautiously pass motorists
waiting to turn right,” said Mr Powell.

“Also, signage on the approach and
at the intersection will also be improved to give better warning the
intersection is approaching.”

The existing advance ‘Mountain View
Road’ sign is within a larger sign that includes competing information for
Landsborough, Blackall Range Tourist Drive and Mary Cairncross Park. TMR will
replace this with a simplified sign that places greater emphasis on the
direction to ‘Mountain View Road’.

Local business owner, Tony Gill of
Art on Cairncross is furious that the intersection has not been upgraded sooner
and is afraid that TMR’s proposed solutions are a mere band-aid fix.

“Currently, there is a thin gravel
shoulder eastbound on Landsborough-Maleny Road where motorists can overtake
drivers waiting to turn right onto Mountain View Road.  This shoulder is full of loose gravel and is
next to a steep drop off down the mountain. If drivers slip off the shoulder, I
have real fears that a fatality could occur” said Mr Gill.

“Too many times I’ve had to rush out
of my gallery to attend accidents and direct traffic, in one instance having to
do so for more than an hour.  I don’t
want to have to keep doing that!”

“I want locals and tourists alike to
travel safely in the Range and particularly through this intersection so I’m
pleading with TMR to do more,” said Mr Gill.

“I appreciate that TMR have accepted
this intersection is a problem, however I just don’t think they’re doing
enough. The intersection has real potential to cause a fatality and I don’t
think new signs and markings will cut it,” concluded Mr Powell.