A $450,000 joint State Government and Council project to improve safety and access for residents parking at One Mile Jetty, North Stradbroke Island, will commence from March.
Division 2 Councillor for North Stradbroke Island Craig Ogilvie said the project was co-funded by Redland City Council ($100,000) and the Department of Transport and Main Roads (DTMR) ($345,000) in response to safety concerns raised by residents.
“The project responds to public concerns about safety at One Mile, including illegal parking, by creating a new safe turnaround and drop-off zone for buses and formalising new parking areas,” Cr Ogilvie said.
“One Mile Jetty is a challenging site, with limited land available due to there being water on one side and the cemetery on the other. The State Government’s approval of a longer bus has also necessitated some major changes to the configuration of the turnaround.
“The land is also owned by several parties including Council, the State Government and private land-holders, so Council has been working with DTMR to find a safe long-term solution.”
Cr Ogilvie said additional parking would be made available to counter the loss of some spaces close to the jetty that were required to make it safe for buses to turn around.
“Council has no control over these DTMR buses, but at the end of the day public safety must be our primary concern and some parking bays will need to make way so buses can travel safely through the area,” he said.
“There will obviously be an adjustment for residents, but we will provide an additional 27 parking spaces at the Dunwich Secondary School and formalise short-term drop-off spaces at the bus turnaround area for passengers to be safely transported to the ferry.
“An additional eight parking spaces will also be added at the Yabby Street entrance, along with a further five new formal parking spaces adjacent to the boat ramp.
“We have also responded to safety concerns by reducing speed limits in Yabby Street and along East Coast Road and will make car parks closer to the jetty 24 hours only, giving priority to the island’s day commuters.”
The works are expected to be complete by the end of June 2015 (weather permitting).
While Council will minimise disruptions, people should allow themselves extra time to access One Mile Jetty and the pontoon while work is occurring.
For more details on this project, a Frequently Asked Questions sheet is available from Council’s website at www.redland.qld.gov.au.