Candidate backs safety calls
DIVISION 3 Ipswich council candidate Danny Donohue is backing residents' calls to prevent serious injury or death after a car took out a normally crowded bus stop at Redbank Plains yesterday.
Mr Donohue said the incident at Henty Drive followed similar near-misses involving hoons in the area.
Residents approached him about the incident as he was working in the electorate.
"I have been pushing for safer suburban streets and the residents know where I stand.
"They were only too quick to approach me about it," he said.
"A speeding vehicle had swerved off Henty Dr and ploughed into the bus stop, taking out the information sign and leaving large gouges in the grass footpath.
"The vehicle fled before it could be identified.
"It is lucky today is a Sunday. This is a busy little bus stop - imagine if it was a school day.
"But this is not an isolated occurrence and the residents here have had enough."
Henty Drive resident Anne Hamilton, who alerted police, lives directly in front of the bus stop that was demolished by the accident.
"This is the second time in recent months that a vehicle has ended up on our footpath," Mrs Hamilton said.
"There are young families with children living in the vicinity and we fear for their lives."
Mrs Hamilton said she had lived at the address for more than five years and the street had become a drag strip.
"We could have easily witnessed a death had someone been waiting at the bus stop or backing out of our driveway," she said.
Mr Donohue said he was campaigning strongly for better roads and infrastruc
ture across Redbank Plains.
"There are safety concerns on suburban streets. There is congestion on Redbank Plains Rd," he said.
"Children can't cross safely to local parks and schools.
"We need an integrated solution for the whole area.
"It is not something a couple of speed bumps will fix."