Yet another crash on Cleveland-Redland Bay Road at the Giles Road intersection happened earlier this week, three cars involved and one person taken to Redland Bay hospital.
Eleven years ago I was the volunteer P&C secretary for Redland Bay State School, and we sent a letter to the then Queensland State Government and the Redland City Council to upgrade this intersection BEFORE our school population was about to rapidly increase by six Prep classes the following year .
Our request was rejected by both the Government AND the Council , even though they were both well aware of how the area was growing, and supposedly planning infrastructure for population growth here.
Nothing has been done since then to make that Giles Road intersection, or the Double Jump Road and Anita Street intersections safer either.
Yet housing approvals, housing estate approvals, townhouse approvals and now apartment approvals are still happening at Redland Bay and the southern Moreton Bay islands.
Over a decade later, even though consecutive State Governments are fully aware of how dangerous all these three intersections along Cleveland-Redland Bay Road are, rapid small lot development is still happening due to the pro-development stance followed by the Council.
The Council blames the lack of upgrading these intersections on the State Governments, saying it is a State road yet the Council shows no signs of slowing down their pro-development stance, even when they approved a whole new suburb at southern Redland Bay that was out of the Regional Plan’s urban footprint.
That ” suburb ” is called “Shoreline” and it will add another 4,000 dwellings plus shopping centre traffic to Cleveland-Redland Bay Road.
Another 10,000 residents plus for Redland Bay, even more congestion and road accidents and road kill of our wildlife.
To top that off, there are two more large Fiteni housing estates currently going in at Collins Road and Boundary Road at Redland Bay.
There is also an unnecessary 7/11 petrol station being built on the Boundary Road two pronged intersection. That will make five petrol stations within a couple of kilometres of each other on Cleveland-Redland Bay Road.
And the majority of The Esplanade foreshore has been approved for apartment blocks by the Council.
And we still have Mayor Karen Williams’ Draft City Plan to come. That includes a massive housing development along Double Jump Road all the way across to Bunker Road and back to Kingfisher/Springacre Road. The new zoning is called “Emerging Communities”.
All this extra traffic will be feeding onto Cleveland-Redland Bay Road and all the back way to Victoria Point from Mt Cotton Road via Heinamann Road , making all those intersections more dangerous too.
How is any of this massive rapid population growth sustainable regarding roads, schools, high schools, health and hospital services, emergency fire/ambulance and police services?
The Council is more than happy to rake in rates, yet we see no decent maintenance, let alone improved safer roads here between Redland Bay and Victoria Point. Where is all our rates money going?
The State Government is happy to take all that money from stamp duty sales of homes. Where is all that money going?
Certainly not into making our roads here in the Redlands safer.
I am aware that the current Queensland Labor Government and Shoreline have said that they are putting money towards ‘fixing’ the Giles Road intersection but it is only a temporary bandaid solution.
If Cleveland-Redland Bay Road is not upgraded to four lanes all the way, at least from Victoria Point to Shoreline, then there is no way that it can sustain the amount of population growth coming Redland Bay’s way.