Yandina-Bli Bli Road & Caboolture Creek

Survey: name and shame Queensland’s worst roads

Survey is now closed.

Here is a link to a survey that you may wish to participate in to advance YADCA’s campaign to get the one-lane bridge across Caboolture Creek on the Yandina-Bli Bli Road replaced: http://www.racq.com.au/badroads

During February RACQ is conducting a survey to name and shame Queensland’s worst roads – to identify roads that are in poor condition, unsafe or not fit for purpose. Results from the survey will be provided to road authorities to help identify and support improvements on the road network.

The survey takes about 5 minutes to complete, and your answers are confidential. The survey asks for your RACQ membership number if you have one, but it is not a required field.

YADCA has for some time been lobbying our elected representatives and government agencies to replace the old one-way timber bridge over Caboolture Creek on Yandina-Bli Bli Road with a safer multi-lane structure.

Detailed drawings of a new $11m high-level bridge and modified approaches for the site exist, but there are no plans to fund it anytime soon – we have not made a sufficiently compelling case for it to be given priority over other unsafe bridges elsewhere or even get it reinstated to the list of 17 bridges on the State Government’s bridge replacement program of 2005.

YADCA has successfully lobbied to get the signage improved and vegetation cleared to restore sight lines for approaching vehicles, but the official accident statistics and traffic volumes don’t make a sufficient case for urgent replacement.

Nevertheless, there are still often fresh sets of skid marks near the bottom of the descent, indicating that despite the improved signage and even though they can now see each other sooner, some drivers are failing to give right of way and/or others are cresting the ridge on the eastern approach too fast to stop safely if there is opposing traffic on the bridge.

People will continue to experience emergencies there – whether or not they crash – until the one-lane bridge is replaced.

Regards, Peter Baulch
YADCA Secretary

Yandina, Stevens Street corner

Mayor Mark Jamieson visits Yandina

Report on meeting with Mayor Mark Jamieson, 19 January 2016

Frustration at the continued absence of any progress towards making the Railway Street public toilet suitable for disabled people resulted in a call at the December 2015 YADCA meeting to invite the Sunshine Coast Council Mayor to make a site visit and be briefed first -hand.

Two other intractable issues were subsequently identified for inclusion in the meeting agenda – extension of the lease of QR land up to the Telecom building on Railway Street to facilitate RV parking, and streetscaping of Farrell Street including construction of a roundabout at the Stevens Street intersection.

All three are undelivered elements of the Yandina Town Centre Master Plan that was approved by the Maroochy Shire Council in January 2003 and formally included in Maroochy Shire’s 15 year Capital Works Program.

A walk-and-talk meeting was accordingly arranged for 2:30pm on Tuesday 19 January 2016, commencing at the Yandina War Memorial Park and attended by Crs Mark Jamieson and Greg Rogerson and three Council executives, YADCA President Marie Reeve and Secretary Peter Baulch, and Yandina Chamber of Commerce President and YADCA member Rev David Tidey.

The tenor was positive and constructive and produced commitments on the key issues, plus some others that we had the opportunity to advance.

The Council officers found the Railway Street public toilet block to be capable of conversion to a unisex facility with a cubicle for the disabled, and design drawings would be prepared as soon as practicable, with the Mayor supportive of the modifications being effected before the end of 2016.

A recent Council approach to QR over the lease proposal awaits QR’s response, but the Council officers committed to pursuing it and the Mayor committed to intervening directly with the Queensland Minister for Transport if necessary.   Once the lease is agreed preparation of the site for RV use will require a budget allocation and the Mayor expressed reservations about the efficacy of a permanent parking area with an unsealed surface.

The roundabout is practically shovel-ready but requires the commitment of several hundred thousand more dollars, currently earmarked for inclusion in the 2016/17 budget with the Mayor’s in-principle support.

The Council delegation, including Crs Jamieson and Rogerson, agreed to have investigated for future implementation if practicable a proposal of Marie’s for two long vehicle parking spaces on Old Gympie Road just west of the IGA driveway and one of David’s for Stevens Street (east) to be made one-way.

Design work for Yandina Town Centre Master Plan streetscaping on Farrell Street currently terminates at the roundabout in the north and at the southern extremity of the new median strip opposite the bakery, but the Sunshine Coast Council’s Principal Place Officer, registered landscape architect Jamie Franklin, is favourably disposed to the rest of the plan advancing. He will begin by seeking approval from TMR for the planting of a boulevard of trees from the Old Gympie Road intersection to the bakery that Cr Rogerson has agreed to pay for from his discretionary funds. Mr Franklin was also accommodating of our suggestions for a better located and sheltered bus stop seat on Farrell Street and making new footpath works in the CBD compatible with the retrofitting of pavement flagstones commissioned out of our street art projects.

Peter Baulch,
Secretary YADCA
(Yandina and District Community Association)

Yandina’s historic Anglican Church

Program – ‘Hinterland to Headland; Poetry in Place’

Hi YADCA members,

As announced back in December, Yandina is the chosen venue the opening event of the “Hinterland to Headland, Poetry in Place” weekend – and YADCA is hosting it.

It’s on Friday 22 January, starting at 6.00 with a welcome to country by Lyndon Davis (Gubbi Gubbi Dancers).

The Pente Poets will perform the poems they have written about Yandina’s heritage and there will be music by local ukulele outfit Uke Crazy People, Steak burgers, sausages, damper and drinks will be on sale.

The grounds of Yandina’s historic Anglican Church is the venue, but if wet weather threatens the event will relocate to the Yandina School of Arts.

5:45pm – Ukulele band on arrival
6:00pm – MC Intro
6:05pm – Welcome to Country
6:30pm – Poetry Reading
7:00pm – Ukulele Band
7:15pm – Poetry Reading
7:45pm – MC Close
8:00pm – Ukulele Band

What to bring: A fold up chair or a picnic blanket, and a gold coin donation.

For more information go to http://www.scec-action.org.au/yandina_opening_event

YADCA President Marie Reeve has everything pretty much organised, but could use some helpers on the night and in particular is looking for a YADCA member who has a current first aid certificate (and preferably a first aid kit) who would not mind volunteering to be on duty. If you can oblige please let Marie know ASAP.


Peter Baulch
Secretary, YADCA