Traffic flow may stall new vision
AMBITIOUS plans to extend Laidley's aged care facilities could be hampered by the traffic now choking the town's main street.
Tabeel Committee chairman David Klinge said Tabeel Aged Care Home recently hosted a seminar to consider a better future for aged care in the district.
"It was agreed that Laidley has much to offer and should promote itself as an aged care centre of excellence: an ideal place for people from all over Queensland to come to retire," Mr Klinge said.
"Tabeel and Karinya Homes consistently come up with maximum accreditation for the services they provide. Both homes cater for more than 200 people from high care to individual living units.
"In recent years, but particularly since the amalgamation of Laidley and Gatton Shire Councils, Gatton has become the administration and business centre for the whole Lockyer region, at the expense of Laidley.
"In some ways this could be considered a good thing, because Laidley now has the opportunity to reinvent itself.
"It should now get on board by promoting itself as a user-friendly town for retirees."
Mr Klinge said Tabeel had full confidence in the future, with expansion plans to the value of $6 million in the pipeline.
"Unfortunately, the main street does not lend itself to such a vision and is a major concern for elderly citizens," he said.
"Patrick Street is dominated by huge trucks, buses and other vehicles. Cars struggling to parallel park also hold up the traffic flow.
"Pedestrians should not have to jostle their way along the narrow footpaths, but should have plenty of room for wheelchairs, walkers and gophers without difficulty.
"An appropriate traffic bypass, allowing for the construction of a pedestrian mall could be a consideration. The mall could have an emphasis on trees, shrubs and lawn to encourage street activity and entertainment."