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Toogoolawah speed reduction petition falls on deaf ears

5th December 2018

Calls to lower the speed limit to 80km/hr at the intersection of the Brisbane Valley Highway with Old Mount Beppo Road have fallen on deaf ears.

Member for Nanango, Deb Frecklington says the petition, coordinated by the Toogoolawah State High School P&C Association has been rejected by the Minister for Transport and Main Roads, Mark Bailey.

“The Minister’s response to the Petition was tabled on 30 November and unfortunately, the Palaszczuk Labor Government does not believe a speed limit reduction is necessary,” Mrs Frecklington said.

“It’s another slap in the face for regional townships like Toogoolawah, and the 170 genuine local residents who signed the petition and know first-hand about the safety concerns at this location.

“The Minister acknowledged that his Department has not conducted a speed limit review on this section of road since 2012, so it is disappointing that this request by the community has not been considered.

“However, we now have confirmation that the Old Mount Beppo Road intersection is on the list of the delayed works to the Brisbane Valley Highway. The intersection will be upgraded to include a right-turn lane and line-marked arrows for the left-turn.

“I know the community have been asking for turning lanes at this intersection for some times, so this may go some way towards tackling the speed issue as well.

“Once again, I’d like to thank the Toogoolawah SHS P&C who coordinated the petition, and while our request has been rejected this time, the Labor Government has been put on notice about this important local issue,” Deb said.