Intersection action to be taken
DISABLED access to the new shopping centre at Burnett Heads will be improved to help fix what residents see as a dangerous intersection.
A group of disabled Burnett Heads residents gathered at the intersection yesterday to tell of how vulnerable they felt when trying to get into the centre on their mobility scooters.
People using the scooters have to go down a ramp on to Zunker Street then travel on the road around the corner and down Hermans Road for several metres before they can cross the road to get into the shopping centre.
Jean Harold demonstrated how far she had to travel on the roadway to get into the centre, and said it made her nervous about being hit by cars.
Anne Taylor said she usually went to the post office first before doing her shopping, but she couldn’t cross the road to get to the shopping centre directly opposite.
“It’s a blind corner and cars just come round there fast,” she said.
“It’s planned very badly.”
Doreen Woolston said she welcomed the new shopping centre but was frustrated at how difficult it was to get to it.
“I’m in my 80s and it makes me nervous, and more nervous as I get older,” she said.
“They never thought about oldies with scooters when they planned this.”
But Bundaberg Regional Councillor Danny Rowleson, who represents the division in which Burnett Heads falls, said he had had extensive meetings with the Department of Main Roads over the issue.
“The department believes there are no pedestrian safety issues in the area, and I totally disagree,” he said.
Cr Rowleson said a ramp for mobility scooters would be built on the southern side of Hermans Road by the council soon.
The operators of the shopping centre had also agreed to provide a two-metre wide access ramp for scooters and prams on the northern side of the road.
“That’s part of the answer, but I’m still not completely content,” Cr Rowleson said.