At least one resident was not happy with the way the public meeting regarding the Gracemere Industrial Precinct was being handled in March 2012.
At least one resident was not happy with the way the public meeting regarding the Gracemere Industrial Precinct was being handled in March 2012. Chris Ison

Gracemere resident Brett Wass says time for action is now

BRETT Wass yesterday said it was clear Rockhampton Regional Council could "talk the talk", now it was time to prove it can "walk the walk".

The secretary of the Gracemere Industrial Association Concerned Citizens' group described councils decision to seek further community input on Precinct K's traffic woes as "common sense".

A Rockhampton council officer presented a detailed traffic assessment to councillors on the controversial area yesterday.

Council has set aside $15million for road-related projects in the next eight years.

The officer suggested several traffic changes within the area bounded by Somerset Rd, Stewart St, Capricorn St and Middle Rd.

The officer also assessed the roads coming off the Gracemere overpass.

Some of the recommendations included dropping the speed limit by 20/kph in certain areas.

One of the greatest concerns to residents is the B-Double trucks and road trains unlawfully travelling through the area.

Councillor Ellen Smith said any changes within Precinct K would be the most important decisions council makes, except for the major amendment to the region's planning scheme.

Councillors agreed it would be best to make firm decisions on the report in April.

While councillors also agreed they would seek more community input into traffic problems, they made no decisions on how to execute the public consultations.

Mayor Margaret Strelow vetoed public meetings, after the controversy over the last meeting in the area.

"The real test now though will be the type of consultation that is undertaken by council, as the methods used previously in the GIA have been lacking in open, recognised, formal processes and accompanying documentation for public perusal," Mr Wass said.

"A defective "ad hoc" consultation process, only ignites suspicion and resentment in affected parties.  

"Let's hope this time the consultation process is done correctly."  



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