Road work at Gap Creek complete after lengthy battle
MOTOCROSS riders now feel safer driving into Gap Creek Farm after a channelised turning lane was installed outside the park.
The business had been engaged in a battle with the Department of Transport and Main Roads for more than a year over the installation of the channelised turning lane and a reconstruction of a 120m portion of the Cunningham Highway.
Last month the owners were given an ultimatum to complete the work or provide a bond for the same cost, about $200,000, or their gates would be blocked.
A generous family friend mortgaged their farm to fund the bond, allowing the business to remain open and work to proceed.
Gap Creek Farm co-owner Ben Window said the lane was completed earlier this month.
"Now our customers love it. Everyone said they feel so much safer coming in," he said.
Mr Window said the line markings and reseal cost $80,000.
Completing the lanes had also allowed the business to move on to other developments.
Mr Window said work began on a new toilet block on the property last weekend.
"We're excited, we can start to develop the business and meet the other conditions we've got to meet and please our customers," he said.
Mr Window said he recently met with representatives from the department to come to a financial arrangement, which would involve a refund of some project expenses.
An outpouring of support was shown to the business when its closure loomed, with a GoFundMe campaign raising about $7500 for the cause.
Mr Window thanked everyone for their support, including those who lobbied politicians.
"All of that's given us the inspiration to get back to getting on with our plan for this place," Mr Window said.
"It's been 18 months of having to sit on our hands, so now we've got that confidence and inspiration to get on to developing the place.
"We feel like we've won a battle for small businesses in the region."
A spokesman from the Department of Transport and Main Roads said all works at the business had been inspected and a compliance certificate had been issued.
"Gap Creek Moto has complied with conditions that were part of their Development Application - these included the installation of the turning lane on the Cunningham Highway," he said.
"We have met with Gap Creek Moto and have reached an agreement on the finalisation on terms for the works."