‘High alert’: Road fears for school kids in hinterland town
Fearful parents at Cooran have developed an ad hoc roster system to ensure their children can safely cross the main road after reports of a surge in Kin Kin quarry truck traffic.
Save Noosa Hinterland committee member Naomi Slater said parents had been taking turns supervising crossings from the school to the skatepark across the road.
The mother-of-two children, aged 11 and 9, said the B Doubles last week started rolling through town where school kids often ride, scooter or walk.
"The children aren't used to that kind of traffic coming through a quiet rural town," she said.
She said local parents went on "high alert" late last week and decided to turn up at the skatepark to help the children cross the road safely.
"This week we've been arranging who can do which day," she said.
"We're not bagging truckers because they're trying their hardest to makes a living - we understand that.
"But it's the mix, the trucks and the weight behind them in trying to stop."
Noosa Mayor Clare Stewart urged Kin Kin Quarry operator Cordwell Resources to rethink sending trucks through Cooran during school peak periods.
However, she said the company had refused the request.
The request came as council issued a further round of $27,000 fines for alleged breaches of the quarry management plan relating to truck movements, taking the total infringement notices to $133,450 over a six-month period.
The mayor said Cordwell was appealing the fines.
The latest quarry truck roundtable meeting with council, Noosa MP Sandy Bolton, Queensland Transport and Main Roads, police and residents as key stakeholders was held on Wednesday with Save Noosa Hinterland again rallying outside for the trucks to stop.
"The ongoing impact of more than 200 truck movements daily at times means this issue remains a priority for all of us," Ms Stewart said.
Cordwell company spokesman could not be contacted.
Mr Cordwell has previously told the Sunshine Coast Daily the truck volumes would fluctuate up and down over a period of time with a lot of infrastructure work in southeast Queensland.
Mr Cordwell said all the quarry truck drivers servicing the Kin Kin quarry did an intensive induction course which covered the safe driving requirements and speed restrictions before they were allowed out on the road.