Newspaper article Gympie Times, The Qld.

Highway Concerns Go South; Safety Campaigners Get the Message Out

Newspaper article Gympie Times, The Qld.

Highway Concerns Go South; Safety Campaigners Get the Message Out

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Byline: Arthur Gorrie

SUNSHINE Coast Regional Mayor Bob Abbott will be invited to join a Gympie Regional Council delegation to Canberra to seek urgent action to redesign the Matilda intersection at Kybong, where a young man lost his life earlier this month.

And Gympie's Roadcraft Driver Education Centre is considering using a video of traffic behaviour at the intersection as a training tool for young drivers and motorcyclists, as well as truck drivers.

Truck driver and volunteer road safety campaigner Brendan Blatchly says he continues to be overwhelmed with the response to his afix it nowa petition about the intersection.

He and trucking website operator Michael Hogg have joined forces to drive the petition, and met this week with Roadcraft executive Peter Leupold.

Mr Hogg said the truck driver involved in the accident adid a fantastic job to pull up where he dida, but said this would not have saved anyone driving south through the intersection at the time.

Mr Blatchly, who obtained 350 signatures just walking down one side of Mary Street on Monday, said he now hoped to be able to present aat least 1000a to give Mayor Ron Dyne aammunition when he goes to Canberra in June to seek fundsa.

"Drivers have to realise that it takes a lot more to pull up a truck than a car," he said. "The average weight of a B-double is 45 Corollas or 35 Commodores.

"To put it in a different perspective, think of playing football with you alone on one side and 45 people your size on the other.

"We don't want people dying on the road. I think we'd all agree on that," Mr Blatchly said.

"We need a revision of the intersection so we can see if it needs attention and, if so, what can be done.

"We all feel there is nothing we can do, but as I discovered to my surprise in Gympie, people are very concerned. We now have the chance to do something. …

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