Residents lobby for change as truck traffic grows

The location of a Queensland Main Roads office on a residential street is causing problems for locals and truck drivers

By Matt Wood | January 8, 2013

Residents of the Queensland town of Goondiwindi are calling for the local Department of Transport and Main Roads office to be relocated.

The Brisbane Street location is on a residential road that is also home to a primary school, and truck drivers wanting to access the office must leave their trailers at a local roadhouse and run into town bobtail.

Some drivers have been reporting that a simple visit to the Goondiwindi office for a work diary can cost them an hour.

Brisbane Street resident Kevin Devine, who lives opposite the office, says the site is is getting busier with more prime movers jostling for room in the street on a regular basis.

This has meant an increase in truck traffic and congestion in the street and also resulting in some drivers being left with no choice but to park over driveways in some cases.

"It would be much easier for truckies if the office was moved out to the highway on the edge of town," Devine says.

"We’ve been in touch with our local LNP [Liberal-National Party] member, Lawrence Springborg, who has taken our request to Queensland Transport Minister Scott Emerson."

"Unfortunately the response has been that there are no funds available for the move."

Devine says Brisbane Street residents have no animosity towards the drivers, understanding that truck drivers needed access to the office just like anyone else.

"It would, however, just make everyone’s life a lot easier if the office was moved to the outskirts of town," he says.

A petition and open letter to Emerson is currently being organised.

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