End is in sight for parking dangers
A POTENTIALLY deadly truck-parking dilemma outside two Gin Gin service stations looks set to be resolved this year, with Bundaberg Regional Council and Main Roads working together to alter the parking arrangements.
Many Gin Gin residents have expressed concerns about trucks parking on the sides of the Bruce Hwy, blocking the view for people entering and exiting the service stations on the north side of the town.
But Gin Gin councillor Wayne Honor said if all went to plan, the situation would be resolved by the end of this year.
"We've been working with Main Roads and the businesses in Gin Gin on a redesign of the parking along the north and south lanes," Cr Honor said.
"Main Roads will be reconfiguring the parks so it is safer for the people entering and exiting the businesses, and for the truck operators."
Cr Honor said as part of the redesign, the vision problem for people turning from Aplin Tce onto the highway would be looked at.
"Main Roads wanted to make sure it didn't interfere with the businesses who have good relationships with the trucking fraternity," he said.
In addition to the park changes, Cr Honor said vacant land across the road near the Gin Gin Saleyards was also available for truck parking.
"It's only a gravel area at the moment and trucks can park there, but we are hoping to see it bitumened," he said.
"It will be left as is for now because we don't have the funds to upgrade it yet."
But a spokesman for Main Roads said the vacant land near the saleyards was not suitable for southbound and heavy vehicles.
"A shared rest area for general traffic and heavy vehicles is located about 1.5km north at Gin Gin Creek," he said.
"Heavy vehicle operators can rest at this area for up to 20 hours to assist fatigue management."
The spokesman said stakeholders had been involved in the process.
"Feedback provided by these stakeholders has played an important role in developing the two concept designs and will make sure any upgrade meets the safety requirements and the needs of the community," he said.
"We plan to engage with these stakeholders and the extended Gin Gin community with the two concept designs in the near future."