Over the years I have been contacted by residents wanting to see changes and improvements made to the intersection of Kilcoy Beerwah Road and Old Gympie Road in Beerwah – the intersection near the Beerwah State School. Both my colleague Mark McArdle and I have lobbied the Department of Transport and Main Roads (TMR) seeking financial commitments to upgrade this intersection but to no avail so far. TMR have told us they do not consider this intersection as having a high enough priority for an upgrade and that funding would therefore be a long way off. I realise with the continued growth in this region, especially with the new housing estate and many new homes under construction, the community, like me, wants to make sure we prevent any unnecessary accidents. I am well aware that at school drop off and pick up times, in particular, this is a very busy area and concerns for the safety of children who cross the road are very high. I am committed to doing what I can to deliver improvements – whether that be traffic signals or another measure that TMR determine will assist. However, as we saw with the traffic signals at the Reed Street intersection in Glasshouse, I can’t do this without the support of the community. We need to be able to show TMR that our community want to see changes made as soon as possible and to do this I need you to stand with me. I am keen to sponsor a petition and will walk the streets myself, knocking on doors and gathering as many signatures as I can. As a starting point, I need a member of the community to put their hand up to be the petitioner – this is a very simple, job, all it requires is your full name and address and perhaps some help in collecting signatures. If you would like to volunteer to be involved with this community campaign, please email my office on firstname.lastname@example.org or call 5435 2013.