Heavy vehicle concern raised again



THE issue of heavy traffic remaining on Flinders Parade after the opening of the Port Access Road has resurfaced.

At Tuesday's Gladstone City Council meeting, Councillor Chris Trevor showed concern that due to a previous agreement between the port authority and Council, heavy vehicles were likely to remain on Flinders Parade despite the road being open.

"Obviously there is an agreement that has come to light between CQPA (Central Queensland Ports Authority) and Council regarding Flinders Parade,'' Cr Trevor said.

Cr Trevor said that due to the past agreement, if the CQPA said no to removing heavy vehicles from Flinders Parade, Council's proposed CBD revitalisation would be compromised.

"The point I'm trying to make make is that if the CQPA and Council can't agree with respect to that area of the CBD, is there any point in us worrying about the CBD revitalisation?'' Cr Trevor said. Traffic consultant for the CBD revitalisation project, TTM, has suggested a longer period for removing vehicles from Flinders Parade.

The reason offered by CQPA for the continued heavy vehicle traffic on Flinders Parade is because of security issues with a fuel depot at the back of Flinders Parade.

Gladstone mayor Peter Corones, who is also acting chairman of the CQPA, said that there was no need for the council to worry.

He said CQPA had agreed "in principle'' to the counci'ls plans regarding the CBD revitalisation, which involved removing heavy traffic from Flinders Parade.



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