WOMEN’S HOCKEY: Leah McLaren prepares for the women’s masters championships this weekend.
WOMEN’S HOCKEY: Leah McLaren prepares for the women’s masters championships this weekend. Mike Knott BUN200716HOCKEY6

TRAFFIC: Changes around Hinkler Park this weekend for women’s master championships

Residents and motorists in Bundaberg North are being urged to take care around Hinkler Park for the next three days.

Starting tomorrow the Queensland Women’s Masters Championships will be held in Bundaberg for the first time in 22 years, with an estimated 900 people coming to the region to compete.

With the increase in traffic in and around Hinkler Park there are a few changes people need to know about before play begins.

A map of all the changes in traffic that will happen at Hinkler Park over the next three days
A map of all the changes in traffic that will happen at Hinkler Park over the next three days Contributed

For starters there will be no parking on Thornhill Street with only buses and officials allowed to park on the road during the tournament.

The same parking restrictions apply on Hinkler Avenue with bunting to be put on the left hand side of the road to prevent parking.

If people need to park for the event there will be a car park located on the grass fields at the back of the precinct.

There is also a bus route for the event starting at Thornhill Street.

It will then travel through Wilmot, Donald, and Tallon streets before heading back to Thornhill in the opposite direction.

Finally motorists, as they exit Thornhill Street, will not be able to go straight or make a right hand turn to head towards the Tallon Bridge.

To ease waiting times everyone will be forced to turn left on to Hinkler Avenue.

Bundaberg Hockey’s president Chris Lancaster said doing this allows everyone to get out in a reasonable time.

“With the tafffic moving into the venue it will be as normal,” he said.

“A temporary island [will be] put in at the end of Thornhill Street on the intersection of Hinkler Avenue which will turn the traffic all left [when you go out].”

“It will move the traffic up to the roundabout and then they can come around the roundabout and come back to the south side.”

If there are any problems there will be people directing traffic, with motorists urged to take care in the area during the tournament.

All traffic changes will come into affect early on Friday morning before the first match of the tournament begins at 7.15am.



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