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One road in and out leaves flooding question

The possibility of a new road into the Rainforest Sanctuary estate in Buderim is rejected by some residents and welcomed by others.
The possibility of a new road into the Rainforest Sanctuary estate in Buderim is rejected by some residents and welcomed by others. Stuart Cumming

OPINION: A housing estate with only one road entrance that is susceptible to flooding seems hardly an inviting feature when choosing a new home.

But a quick tour around Rainforest Sanctuary Drive shows a community of house proud residents, a large portion of whom apparently don't want that to change.

The first couple I met yesterday assured me a new road joining into the estate would have a detrimental effect on their lifestyle.

They feared it would invite a wave of through-traffic using their sleepy hollow as a short cut.

The threat of being trapped in or out by floods didn't phase them as there was a footpath on higher ground that could be accessed through to connecting roads.

They also said the entrance had only been cut three times in their decade in the street.

But the next person I met, a resident who was carrying his groceries home, had a completely different opinion.

He said the inability to get emergency services into the estate during flooding was a major concern.

The possibility of a new road in appealed to him greatly.

He was frustrated by calls to remove the potential for a new road from the town plan.

My experience was only brief in the neighbourhood but the contrasting opinions showed reasonable arguments on both sides.

Their situation raised an overwhelming concern.

How could a development of its scale go ahead with such a fundamental flaw?

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