No Quarry Trucks!
No Quarry Trucks! Contributed

Concerns voiced over quarry trucks

A HINTERLAND paradise is finding its voice over concerns - none more so than quarry trucks that impact roads and make locals feel they are increasing their risk of colliding into the hereafter.

About 30 residents of Belli Park gathered at Belli Hall last month to form the Belli Park Progress Association with long-time resident and bamboo businessman Durnford Dart its president.

Mr Dart said key concerns were road safety and maintenance, tourism, public transport, digital reception, telco towers and connective trails for people, horses and bikes.

"Residents are concerned about the impact and speed of quarry trucks on the roads, and the safety for vehicles, pedestrians and cyclists sharing the road in light of several recent incidents," Mr Dart said.

He said local MP Peter Wellington said Main Roads intended designating more 80 kmh in what are presently 100 kmh zones.

"The speed and number of trucks using the Eumundi-Kenilworth Rd is of grave concern for residents," Mr Dart said.

"These trucks are carrying heavy loads, and at 100 kmh cannot stop in time to avoid hazards, such as children crossing from school buses, or cyclists who have no shoulder to get off the road.

"We would like to see the road speed being contained at 80 kmh," Mr Dart said.

Locals were concerned over the lack of transport options available to Belli Park.

"It's too dangerous for bicycles, pedestrians or horses on the road, and there is no public transport coming through Belli Park," association member Karyn Maher said.

"The lack of transport options is particularly hard for our rural youth, the elderly and people with disabilities who are unable to access private cars."

Sunshine Coast Councillor Greg Rogerson told the meeting he would be taking this concern back to the council for further consideration.

With many local properties in Belli Park previously resumed for the Traveston Dam now coming on to the market, Ms Maher said there was "an extraordinarily rare opportunity to create public connective trails for horses, pedestrians, bikes and wildlife while these properties are in public hands". Contact or phone 5447 0299.

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