Member for Gympie David Gibson accepts the petition calling for a highway speed reduction from Anne Maddern on behalf of concerned Curra residents.
Member for Gympie David Gibson accepts the petition calling for a highway speed reduction from Anne Maddern on behalf of concerned Curra residents. Contributed

Petitioners seek lower speed

CURRA residents have handed a petition, calling for a lower speed limit of 90kmh on the Bruce Hwy through the rural township, to Member for Gympie David Gibson.

The petition was started by a group of residents in July and carries 400 signatures. Mr Gibson will lodge the petition in parliament.

LNP candidate for Maryborough (of which Curra is a part), Anne Maddern, was petition facilitator.

She said the Curra residents wanted an extension of the 90kmh speed limit from Cooroy to just north of Curra at the Atkinson Rd junction.

The highway speed limit changes from 90kmh to 100kmh south of Curra near Bells Bridge.

Residents are concerned at the danger of entering and leaving the highway with no turning lanes allowing vehicles to turn right on and off the highway safely. There are about 660 residences in the Curra area and their main access to the highway are via David Way and Purcell Rd.

"They were very concerned about the difficulty and danger attached to turning right from David Way (near the Matilda service station) and Purcell Rd on to the Bruce Hwy for the 450 residences which are located on the western side of the highway," Ms Maddern said.

"It was felt a reduction in speed of traffic travelling on the Bruce Hwy to 90kmh in this area would reduce the risk of a crash or death.

"What really surprised Curra residents when seeking signatures for the petition was the number of young drivers who felt threatened at those intersections.

"Signatures represented drivers of all kinds of vehicles, truck drivers and those with caravans also expressed significant concerns.

"Curra citizens will also be seeking support from Gympie Regional Council for their petition."

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