'Take responsibility for your problems': MP attacks Mayor
UPDATE: The blame game over school traffic congestion has intensified with MP Jarrod Bleijie calling on Coast Mayor Mark Jamieson to take responsibility for the council's problems.
It came after Cr Jamieson called on Mr Bleijie to make an election promise if he wanted traffic congestion around Meridan State College to be eased.
"The State Government had the foresight to see the population growth in the Meridan Plains area long ago hence why a school was built," Mr Bleijie said on Wednesday.
"It is unfortunate that Sunshine Coast Council did not have the same foresight and ensure the road infrastructure was satisfactory to deal with the population growth.
He said the growth was approved and planned by the Sunshine Coast Council, not the State Government.
"The building of Meridan State College is as a consequence of the population growth approved by the council.
"It is about time the Sunshine Coast Council, particularly the Mayor took responsibility for something that is clearly council's making rather than calling on others, as he regularly does, to fix the problems."
He said a campaign and petition launched on Tuesday was born out of frustration by residents who had tried and failed to get the council to act on congestion.
"The petition that I launched on behalf of residents calls on the council to deliver adequate infrastructure but I have also called on the State Government to assist the council, despite all the roads being council's responsibility."
He reiterated his criticism of the development approval of a new 7-Eleven service station at the intersection of Parklands Boulevard and Sunset Dr.
"The Mayor should drive down there and take a look at it and the massive safety risk it poses to residents with its unsafe entry and exit point onto Parklands Blvd at the Sunset Drive traffic lights."
EARLIER: Coast Mayor Mark Jamieson says if State MP Jarrod Bleijie wants traffic congestion fixed around a busy school he should make it an election promise.
Member for Kawana Mr Bleijie launched a campaign on Tuesday calling on Sunshine Coast Council to duplicate Parklands Blvd to dual carriageway near Meridan State College.
He said gridlock on that street and surrounding streets needed to be relieved.
"Whilst this is a council road and is clearly council's responsibility, it's clear that council is unwilling to address the very serious concerns of the Meridan State College P&C, parents, teachers and local residents," Mr Bleijie said.
But Cr Jamieson said the State Government had provided inadequate parking and drop off areas within the school grounds when first established in 2006 and during expansions in 2008 and 2010.
"This happens at numerous state schools across the Sunshine Coast," Cr Jamieson said.
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"The State Government avoids its responsibilities during planning and transfers constructed parking areas to council - another example of cost shifting.
"If Sunshine Coast ratepayers have to foot the bill to upgrade Parklands Blvd to four lanes early, that will be at the expense of other council-led projects. And that is unfair.
He said Mr Bleijie had the opportunity to lobby for funding when he was a minister in the Newman Government from 2012 to 2015.
"To ensure the safety of all who travel on surrounding roads and to and from the school, I call on Mr Bleijie to make an election commitment to upgrade Parklands Blvd to four-lanes, and undertake the associated works required to ensure a solution is fast-tracked."
He also responded to Mr Bleijie's criticism about the approval of a new 7-Eleven service station that had added to congestion at the intersection of Parklands Blvd and Sunset Dr.
Cr Jamieson said a commercial enterprise "was always planned for that locality".