We Were There: Making Fraser Coast roads safer

EVERY day thousands of Fraser Coast residents make the trip between Hervey Bay and Maryborough for work and pleasure.

With about 100,000 people living and moving about the region, the state of our roads has a huge impact on all aspects of life.

The Chronicle has been there to ensure our roads are up to scratch - whether it be a main road, back street or in our more rural areas.

The Glenorchy Straight on the Bruce Highway has long been a source of heartache for nearby residents who spent almost two decades campaigning to have the black spot fixed.

Between 2009 and 2014 at least five people lost their lives on the horror stretch.

Glenorchy resident Janette Hetherington, other passionate locals and the Chronicle breathed a sigh of relief when in April this year a $5 million upgrade was finally started.

Snr Cnst Mel Ryan, Snr Cnst Melissa Watherston and volunteer in policing Jill Barclay with pledges that the public can sign as a part of the Fatal 5 awareness campaign.
Snr Cnst Mel Ryan, Snr Cnst Melissa Watherston and volunteer in policing Jill Barclay with pledges that the public can sign as a part of the Fatal 5 awareness campaign.

Upgrades to the horror stretch were finished last month and the Chronicle was there when John Pentilla, who lost his father in a crash at the corner, thanked the federal and state governments for finally fixing the area.

In February last year, the Chronicle helped residents on Belinda Close, Maryborough campaign for road repairs after a massive pot hole caused a traffic hazard in the street.

The ute involved in the fatal crash on the Bruce Hwy at Glenorchy, about 10km south of Maryborough in September 2013.
The ute involved in the fatal crash on the Bruce Hwy at Glenorchy, about 10km south of Maryborough in September 2013.

Fraser Coast Council soon made repairs to the street a priority. But it is not just road repairs the Chronicle champions. Every year, the Chronicle works with police on the Fraser Coast to remind drivers to stick to the road rules, particularly the Fatal Five - do not speed, do not drink or drug drive, wear a seatbelt, do not drive tired and do not drive distracted.

We heartily agree with what police have told us multiple times - we just want to see everyone get home safely.



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