HAPPY: Melissa and her daughter Lilly Ryton-Benson believe the new car parks on Sundowner Dr will make the walk to school safer.
HAPPY: Melissa and her daughter Lilly Ryton-Benson believe the new car parks on Sundowner Dr will make the walk to school safer. Paul Braven GLAPARKING

Clinton congestion fixed by new car parks

THE safety of school children and ease of residents has forced Economic Development Queensland to build new car parks along Sundowner Dr.

Works started on the 8m wide road this week which is the only entrance into Hill Close Estate in Clinton.

Residents had complained about the street since the estate was built because it was restricted to one lane when cars parked on both sides.

In July, Gladstone Regional Council had received enough complaints about the road it was advised by chief engineer Paul Keech to put two yellow no parking lines down the street.

Councillors rejected his advice and wrote to EDQ to fix the road because it went against the council's planning scheme when it was built.

Mayor Matt Burnett said EDQ didn't take the plan into its considerations, but he was happy it was now fixing the problem.

Melissa and her daughter Lilly Ryton-Benson believe the new car parks on Sundowner Dr will make the walk to school safer. Photo Paul Braven / The Observer
Melissa and her daughter Lilly Ryton-Benson believe the new car parks on Sundowner Dr will make the walk to school safer. Photo Paul Braven / The Observer Paul Braven

"It was never built right in the first place," he said.

"Hopefully they will resolve the problem they created.

"It wouldn't have been a problem if they listened to us."

Works on the road will take land from in front of some homes to be turned into car parks and other driveways will be widened to allow for more cars.

Resident of four years Melissa Ryton-Benson said she didn't mind losing some of her yard for another car park because her family had two cars.

"Hopefully it will ease the congestion," she said.

"It can be quite congested in the morning and after work."

Melissa and her daughter Lilly Ryton-Benson believe the new car parks on Sundowner Dr will make the walk to school safer. Photo Paul Braven / The Observer
Melissa and her daughter Lilly Ryton-Benson believe the new car parks on Sundowner Dr will make the walk to school safer. Photo Paul Braven / The Observer Paul Braven

She said she walked her daughter Lilly to Clinton State School every day and it was unsafe with the number of cars parked on the street.

"Hopefully it will be safer because we walk to school and we might be able to use the footpath because there won't be cars parked on it," she said.

The Sundowner Rd entry was never intended to be the only access to Hill Close Estate with a second entry planned from Harvey Rd.

The second entry is expected to begin by the end of June through the State Governments $9.4 million accelerated works program.



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