Residents meet to discuss dangers of Stockyard Point Rd
RESIDENTS are calling for something to be done about Stockyard Point Rd before someone is seriously hurt.
Residents and members of the Stockyard Point Progress Association met with a Parks and Wildlife representative, a Forestry Department representative, Member for Keppel Bruce Young, Yeppoon Senior Sergeant Robert Barclay and Livingstone Mayor Bill Ludwig last week in a bid to have improvements made to the road that is now considered dangerous, reopen Three Rivers and address other pressing issues.
Parks and Wildlife spokesperson Lee Harris agreed Stockyard Point Rd was worse than it had ever been and something needed to be done, but he couldn't offer a long-term fix.
Mr Harris said the group did not receive any flood relief funding after cyclone Oswald increased the rate of decay of the road.
"We did some minor maintenance but unfortunately it didn't last long," Mr Harris said.
"We intend to do some more maintenance on the road but is only a short-term fix and would probably only last for up to three months."
Progress Association President Matthew Solley said the road was very dangerous and should be made a priority before a fatality occurred.
"A couple of our residents have already had a close call there and it is only a matter of time before something happens," he said.
"To add to the problem we have young drivers who speed in the area which is just adding to the danger."
During the meeting, Livingstone Council, Parks and Wildlife, federal and sate governments all agreed that the Three Rivers Beach should be reopened to the public.
The group also agreed to conduct a joint clean-up day of Freshwater Creek in the coming weeks at a date to be advised and supervised by Parks and Wildlife.
Police Senior Sgt Barclay confirmed that police would be using their new ATV Policing Unit in a bid to tackle the anti-social behaviour of the minority in the Byfield National Park.