Business and political support is growing behind Option 1 as Moreton Bay Regional Council seeks feedback on how to flood-proof Youngs Crossing.
Council’s community response survey closes tomorrow (October 2), with reports suggesting more than 3000 submissions have been received since September 7.
One is from Boral Resources, which has a quarry at Dayboro Rd, which the majority of its quarry traffic uses to get to the Bruce Highway.
Some of Boral’s southbound traffic also travels via Youngs Crossing Rd. The volume depends on market demand.
In its response, Boral says Option 1 is the “most direct route to Boral Quarry, which reduces haulage costs, greenhouse emissions and impacts on residents.
“It utilises traffic lights which are more efficient for traffic movement than roundabouts associated with Option 2,” says the submission posted on Boral’s website.
Boral also says it supports using the existing road alignment, all of which delights Shelley Taylor, one of the residents pushing for Option 1.
“We are extremely grateful for Boral’s support and content of the survey response confirming Option 1 is the best option not just for their business, but also the safest option for the environment, wildlife and wellbeing of the community,” she says.
Mayor Peter Flannery has held a meeting with some of the residents and checked Andrew Petrie Drive to get a clearer view of the issues being put forward.
State Member for Kurwongbah Shane King has written to the state transport minister calling on the government to fund “any upgrades deemed necessary to enable council to proceed with Option 1”.
In a leaflet delivered to residents, Mr King says he fears the “detrimental impact on residents and wildlife” of Option 2 along Andrew Petrie Drive.
It follows a leaflet drop by Federal Member for Dickson Peter Dutton saying he had $7.5 million of federal funding for Option 1.
Youngs Crossing Rd is used by about 20,000 vehicles each day and that will increase to 22,500 by 2026 and 27,500 by 2036.
Water releases from North Pine Dam and unregulated overflow from the Lake Kurwongbah spillway cause the road to flood.
Community engagement began on September 7. Information on the two route options and the project survey, can be accessed now at council’s website.