Planned truck corridor a relief
THOSE words "hardrock haulage" are back to haunt us.
About 10 years ago Narangba residents around Raynbird Rd fought a tough fight to stop more quarry trucks going through residential areas.
It was a knock-down, drag-out, placard-carrying battle fighting noise, air pollution and health issues. It's a different story today as areas around Raynbird Rd and Old Settlement Rd at Narangba are now surrounded by homes as far as the eye can see.
Any suggestion that there will be increases in trucks carrying road materials through those narrow residential streets brings out the ire in residents.
So it is with some relief we heard last week that money has been set aside to take heavy quarry vehicles away from residential streets.
The State Government has already spent $21million to buy up properties along a proposed corridor. There are already 100 trucks ferrying roadwork materials to and from the quarry.
And there are no expansion plans for the quarry in the near future.
It has to be said, however, if we want to have good roads, then governments need to be able to source good road material which can be accessed quickly and efficiently from reasonably close locations.
Hot-head comments that suggest that there could be up to 1000 trucks a day traversing the route simply are ridiculous, divisive and add nothing to the debate.