Time for Mt Lindesay Hwy to become safer #FairShare4Logan
Published: 6 November 2017
With four lives already tragically lost this year on the Mount Lindesay Hwy, it's time for the Queensland Government to deliver a fair share of funding to make it safer.
On behalf of the City of Logan community, Logan City Council is calling on local candidates and party leaders in the 25 November Queensland Election to commit to a fully-funded solution for this busy highway.
As part of the FairShare4Logan campaign, Council and the Logan community are advocating for a $10m business case that will deliver a comprehensive plan of upgrades and priority funding for construction of an end-to-end solution.
Mayor Luke Smith said the Mount Lindesay Hwy had the third highest rate of fatalities and serious crashes on a highway in Queensland, which was unacceptable for the Logan community.
"This highway has been neglected for far too long, so we're calling on all parties and all local State Election candidates in Logan's south-west to commit to making this highway safe for all road users.
"It's dangerous now: how much worse is it going to be as our communities in the south-west continue to grow, including at Greater Flagstone, where an additional 170,000 people will be living in coming years?"
City Infrastructure Committee Chair, Councillor Phil Pidgeon, said successive governments had neglected the highway, which travels through 15 City of Logan suburbs.
“As City Infrastructure Committee Chair, I know how important road safety is to our community, and we are sick of the planning that never leads anywhere. We need action, and we need it now," Cr Pidgeon said.
"Over the past five years, there have been 240 crashes and 14 tragic deaths on Mt Lindesay Hwy, and 225 people have ended up in hospital. It's not good enough. We need State representatives who will do more than just talk about plans."
Division 11 Councillor Trevina Schwarz said Mount Lindesay Hwy was heavily used by local and through traffic, including a high volume of heavy vehicles.
"Those who use this road know how unsafe it can be, with five different speed zones, as well as bus stops, traffic lights and driveways entering directly into traffic," Cr Schwarz said.
"An end-to-end solution will mean safer travel for everyone along the entire length, and reduced travel times for families, workers and freight vehicles.
“The situation is incredibly dangerous around our schools, particularly the Jimboomba State School, where children must use a non-signalised crossing to get across a busy highway.”
"The Mt Lindesay Hwy is a critical issue for local residents, and candidates in the upcoming election need to understand and acknowledge that."
Locals can have their say by going to www.FairShare4Logan.com.au where they can sign the online petition and help spread the message on social media.
Council is mobilising the community to help ensure the City of Logan receives its fair share of funding for major roads and public transport, and timely services for growing communities.
The #FairShare4Logan campaign enables locals to have their say and reinforces the need for critical investment in Logan.
The campaign is based around five key priorities:
- Mount Lindesay Hwy
- M1 Motorway and extension of South East Busway
- Waterford Tamborine Rd
- Salisbury to Beaudesert Passenger Rail
- Infrastructure for growing communities.
Act now: www.FairShare4Logan.com.au