Tourist drive gets a makeover
THE sight of dark clouds heavy with rain was usually a welcome sight to the green-thumbed Sue and Bruce Hoffman, but not when it meant their back fence would slide down a steep embankment.
The Hoffmans’ Killarney home garden has previously opened to the public, but portions of their backyard were often spotted sliding down to Spring Creek Road after rain.
However, thanks to the Federal Government’s Black Spot program, their fence will now remain a permanent fixture on their landscaped lawn.
“For years the big embankment kept slipping, and it would take our fence with it, but as a result of RoadTek works it won’t happen again,” Mrs Hoffman said.
“They had to work inside our property to fix it all up, and they were wonderful and consulted with us throughout. They’ve done a beautiful job.”
Acting Main Roads Minister Stirling Hinchliffe said the popular tourist drive along Spring Creek Road was a $750,000 project funded out of the Federal Government’s Black Spot program, which targeted traffic hot spots around the State.
“The speed limit has been reduced to 60kmh to make the winding road safer for motorists, more guide posts have been installed, new signage erected and new fencing built along a section of the scenic drive to guard against damage from rock falls,” Mr Hinchliffe said.
Mr Hinchliffe said passing bays and pull-over sites near Queen Mary Falls and Carr’s Lookout were also given a safety make-over.
“These improvements follow hot on the heels of repair work carried out when the road was damaged by flooding,” he said.
Recently the district’s RoadTek team was awarded for the rehabilitation works of areas at Killarney damaged by flood during 1998.
From the 18 RoadTek sites across Queensland, the Southern Downs team won this year’s environment category which included Condamine River platypi habitat rehabilitation of the highly sensitive environmental area.