Boyd Street Traffic Warnings Not New

14 Dec 2009 12:13 PMJann Stuckey

14 December 2009

Member for Currumbin, Jann Stuckey says buck passing and finger pointing over the anticipated traffic congestion from the proposed Cobaki Lakes development will not solve any problems.

“There’s no doubt that by allowing road access from NSW into Queensland at Boyd Street, Mayor Clarke’s predecessors sold us a pup and New South Wales have refused to contribute a cent despite the obvious benefit to their residents,” said Ms Stuckey.

“Rumour has it the council agreement will also allow the Tweed residents to access our sewage system and our precious water supply. 

“All New South Wales will have to do in return to thank generous Queensland for this access is to widen Boyd St, put in a set of traffic lights and build an overpass that pours vehicles straight into Coolangatta Road.

“Residents have raised their concerns with me about increased traffic for several years and I tabled a petition calling for an interchange in state parliament in April 2008.

“It was common knowledge at that time that original plans for an interchange had been scrapped around 2002 for budgetary reasons. Considering the bypass ended up costing around $545 million a few extra million for an interchange would have saved us a lot of money and frustration in the long run.

“Given this knowledge I am surprised at our Mayor’s comments as the decision to allow access through Boyd Street was made before his tenure, unless of course more recent talks have been held and the public not consulted.

“There are a number of questions that need to be asked.  Just how long ago was the latest decision made and was there a requirement to re-negotiate the deal given the size of the development increased substantially?

“During the period that Tweed council was placed under an administrator we learned the Cobaki development had grown to 7 stages and 5,500 homes.

“Why wasn’t there any collaboration with GCCC? Why didn’t the developer have to re-negotiate their deal with Tweed and Gold Coast City Councils?

“Working on an average 2 cars per residence (5,500 homes) and a minimum of 2 movements per day will equate to 22,000 more car movements than currently occur.

“Subjecting Tugun’s traffic to pre-bypass congestion is not an option. All parties need to sit down together and sort out this planning nightmare that is of their own making.

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