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Buderim road blockage just a load of bollards

BLOCKAGE: Tony Cross is angry that bollards have been placed on the double white lines outside Cimani Fine Foods in King St, Buderim.
BLOCKAGE: Tony Cross is angry that bollards have been placed on the double white lines outside Cimani Fine Foods in King St, Buderim. Brett Wortman

BOLLARDS have been installed down a 30-metre stretch of Buderim's main street to prevent motorists crossing double white lines to get to two shops.

Cimani Fine Foods owner Mathew Hartley was stunned when he arrived at work on Friday morning to find the obstacles in place.

The 27 bright yellow flexible bollards were installed down the double white lines in front of two driveways into the complex by a Main Roads crew in a two-hour operation that began before sunrise.

Mr Hartley said he had not received any notice about the new obstacles despite having been involved in discussions with authorities on increasing turning opportunities into his business.

"We're just a little disappointed that they've had to do this," he said.

The carpark shared by Mr Hartley's delicatessen and a pharmacy is restricted to left-hand turn in and left-hand turn out.

Unbroken double lines were painted outside the complex when it opened and motorists attempting right turns in and out were fined by police.

Motorists driving from Buderim central must either do a U-turn in Mayfield St, or turn around in a driveway on the southern side of King St, and then drive back in the opposite direction to legally enter the complex.

Tony Cross, a retired traffic policeman who lives opposite the deli, said the increasing restrictions on entering and leaving the complex were ridiculous.

He has called for a meeting of Main Roads, the Sunshine Coast Council and interested parties in Buderim's main street to sort out traffic flow once and for all.

He suggested that a small, low, concrete roundabout outside Cimani's.

He said the council should help rather than hinder a business like Cimani's.

"I haven't got shares in the place but it just makes me so angry," he said.

Member for Buderim Steve Dickson said the "heavy-duty lane dividers" were a cost-effective and simple measure to improve safety and ensure drivers complied with the road rules.

"I understand the community's desire to be able to turn right into the precinct, however it's just not safe," he said



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