Council rejects Stop sign request
A GROUP of disgruntled Tinana residents yesterday challenged Fraser Coast council CEO Andrew Brien to “get out of his office” and take a drive along Iindah Road to see why Stop signs were needed at the intersection which claimed the life of a Maryborough teenager.
Denis Kettle, Glen Nunan and Graeme Clark said they were disappointed Mr Brien “went by the book” and decided Give Way signs would not be replaced with Stop signs at the intersection of Teddington Road and Iindah Road.
“I’m sick of the council and the way they do things,” said Mr Nunan, a Teddington Road resident of 20 years.
“My view is that they’ve gone by the book and haven’t actually come out to see what the situation is.
“Andrew Brien needs to stand on the corner or stand at the top of Iindah Road at night time and have a good look. Heck, we’ll even put dinner on for him – then he can watch what happens every night first hand.”
Mr Brien responded last night in the affirmative, saying he would visit the scene of the tragic accident.
He asked that residents contact his office in writing outlining when they would like to meet onsite and topics to be discussed so he can ensure that he can have the appropriate technical staff on hand to answer questions.
Earlier this week Mr Brien said the intersection did not meet criteria for a stop sign under the Manual of Uniform Traffic Control Devices despite huge concern among residents who say it’s just a matter of time before there’s another serious accident there.
On December 28, 17-year-old Adrian Hope was killed when the car he was a passenger in crossed paths with a ute travelling along Teddington Road after possibly missing the Give Way sign on Iindah Road.
Denis Kettle, a resident of 17 years, said the tragic accident could have been prevented if there were Stop signs, better line markings and some street lighting.
“Travelling south along Iindah Road it’s easy to see why people miss the Give Way sign,” he said. “As you’re approaching the intersection the road looks like a flat stretch because the sign is hidden behind a power pole and the line marking is faded.”
Graeme Clark, who travels along Teddington Road every day, said Mr Brien needed to travel Iindah Road after work one evening.
“Then he’ll see first-hand how the road looks like a long straight coming down off that hill.”