Newspaper article Sunshine Coast Daily (Maroochydore, Australia)

Escape Route a Danger, Council Warned

Newspaper article Sunshine Coast Daily (Maroochydore, Australia)

Escape Route a Danger, Council Warned

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Byline: MEGAN MACKANDER

THE Sunshine Coast council's decision to approve an emergency exit out of Glenfields Estate at Mountain Creek could put residents' lives at risk.

Documents obtained by the Daily allege the subdivision afails all planning standardsa and labels the proposed emergency exit on to the Sunshine Motorway a dangerous alternative and inadequate for residents in the 945-allotment estate.

In October last year, the Department of Main Roads advised the council that the proposed emergency gated access point to the motorway was anot appropriate and will present an unacceptable safety risk to road users on the Sunshine Motorwaya.

The department urged the council to seek other options.

aThere appears to be a far safer solution of extending Glenfields Boulevard to Mountain Creek Road,a the letter said.

The council resolved on December 8 to discontinue progress on the extension of Glenfields Boulevard and instead negotiate with the Department of Main Roads for an emergency gated exit to the Sunshine Motorway.

The exit would be gated at all times and opened only in an emergency situation by the Queensland Police Service.

The cost of the project is estimated at $100,000.

The exit options came to the forefront of the council agenda after a push from the community in the wake of a grass fire in September, 2009.

In a report entitled Glenfields Estate, Mountain Creek a second road access, the disapproval of the Department of Main Roads was noted.

The department was not the only one to disagree with the alternative emergency exit out of Glenfields Estate.

In a memorandum of September, 2007, to former councillor Tom Hulett, a senior council planning and infrastructure officer labelled Glenfields Estate a failure.

The officer stated: aThe Glenfields subdivision is effectively one huge cul-de-sac that fails all planning standards and at some stage should be corrected by way of construction of the missing link. …

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