11 December 2019
LNP Member for Glass House Andrew Powell has welcomed road upgrades for the intersection of Landsborough-Maleny Road and Mountain View Road in Maleny but he and locals have grave concerns that not enough is being done.
The Cairncross Corner intersection has seen many a car crash throughout the years, with the number of accidents increasing as Maleny becomes an even more popular tourist destination and more populated.
“TMR have informed me that line marking on the eastbound side of Landsborough-Maleny Road will be changed to make it clearer that traffic must slow down and cautiously pass motorists waiting to turn right,” said Mr Powell.
“Also, signage on the approach and at the intersection will also be improved to give better warning the intersection is approaching.”
The existing advance ‘Mountain View Road’ sign is within a larger sign that includes competing information for Landsborough, Blackall Range Tourist Drive and Mary Cairncross Park. TMR will replace this with a simplified sign that places greater emphasis on the direction to ‘Mountain View Road’.
Local business owner, Tony Gill of Art on Cairncross is furious that the intersection has not been upgraded sooner and is afraid that TMR’s proposed solutions are a mere band-aid fix.
“Currently, there is a thin gravel shoulder eastbound on Landsborough-Maleny Road where motorists can overtake drivers waiting to turn right onto Mountain View Road. This shoulder is full of loose gravel and is next to a steep drop off down the mountain. If drivers slip off the shoulder, I have real fears that a fatality could occur” said Mr Gill.
“Too many times I’ve had to rush out of my gallery to attend accidents and direct traffic, in one instance having to do so for more than an hour. I don’t want to have to keep doing that!”
“I want locals and tourists alike to travel safely in the Range and particularly through this intersection so I’m pleading with TMR to do more,” said Mr Gill.
“I appreciate that TMR have accepted this intersection is a problem, however I just don’t think they’re doing enough. The intersection has real potential to cause a fatality and I don’t think new signs and markings will cut it,” concluded Mr Powell.