Street awaits death: resident
CHARLIE Belz has been trying to no avail for 10 years to reduce speeds on the road outside his house in Stenlake Ave, Rockhampton.
During that time cars have smashed into trees, power poles and kerbs after failing to negotiate a dangerous curve in the narrow, residential street.
"It's only a matter of time before a vehicle smashes into one of the houses.
"There have been some very narrow escapes," says Charlie.
He points to the death of 82-year-old Albert Barrie outside the CQ Bid Leagues Club in Lion Creek Rd as an example of council neglect that ended in an avoidable tragedy.
"People had been complaining about that situation for years, but they were ignored. Now we find out that, 18 months after Mr Barrie's death and nine months after the inquest, the council had finally agreed to do something. It's scandalous."
Charlie says he has kept a detailed record of every accident, every letter and every petition he has raised about Stenlake Ave.
"If it was a worksite, Workplace Health and Safety would be jumping up and down, demanding action and threatening lawsuits. Maybe that's what we need here, the threat of legal action against councillors to make them treat it seriously.
"Hoons treat the street like a drag strip, there are no footpaths and no warning sign about the dangerous bends.
"There have been about 10 incidents of cars coming into yards."
He says he would like to see speed bumps but when the council carried out speed monitoring in Stenlake Ave he got a letter back saying average speeds were not a problem even though some vehicles were clocked at 90kmh.
"They told me that they don't like to install speed bumps because it makes a noise when utes go over them. I'd rather hear the bang bang of tool boxes than a squeal of tyres and screams of a mum whose child has been hit."