Newspaper article Gympie Times, The Qld.

Dump Green Waste Free

Newspaper article Gympie Times, The Qld.

Dump Green Waste Free

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SAVAGE storms hit our district this week, resulting in a lot of damage to structures, powerlines and vegetation.

Businesses lost their roofs in Cooroy's historic main shopping precinct, Maple St, and trees were either brought down or shredded by the storm's velocity.

Elsewhere, damage was sustained to houses, sheds, fences and other items.

Thankfully, and amazingly, there have been no reports of serious injuries, and given that the wild weather hit as children were making their way home from schools, this was truly remarkable.

Thanks need to be given to those people and businesses who took in those caught in the extreme weather event.

The green waste generated as a result of the storms in Cooroy will be received free at the Cooroy Transfer Station on Mary River Rd until close of business tomorrow.

Because of the amount of waste, customers dropping off green waste may experience delays, and they are asked to have patience and be considerate of staff, contractors and other members of the community.

If you require assistance, or information, phone SES on 132500.

Rail line access

JUST before the storms hitting our area, Sunshine Coast councillor for Division 12, Lew Brennan, raised a major safety concern faced by residents and visitors to Cooroy a that of the lack of pedestrian and cyclist access over the rail line which cuts the town in two.

Cr Brennan wrote to State Government acknowledging community concerns and seeking commitment to fix the hazard.

aWe've got a town with a rail line cutting it in two and no safe cyclist or proper pedestrian access over the rail line,a Cr Brennan said.

aA two-lane bridge is the only means for vehicles to get from one side of town to the other.

aThe only safe means for cyclists and pedestrians to get across town is via a steep footbridge over the railway. This is challenging and inconvenient for the elderly, people with disabilities and parents with prams.a

The footbridge is also used by dozens of school children who live on the other side of the rail line from their schools.

Cr Brennan has asked for co-operation from State Government representatives in lobbying on our behalf to the Department of Transport and Main Roads to permanently rectify these issues. …

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