July 1st 2010
Councillor calls on Juniper to repair Radical road
Magnetic Island's Councillor, Trevor Roberts, is trying to get Juniper Developers, the private owners of the Radical Bay road, to address safety concerns from the public.
Cr Roberts said the council had contacted Junipers, to request action over a partial collapse of a section of the road at the culvert at Arthur Bay.
“Townsville City Council is doing all in its power to have the collapsed section of road repaired,” Cr Roberts said.
Cr Roberts is asking residents and visitors to avoid using the road until repairs have been completed.
It seems that nobody has mentioned the collapsed part of the road to council before as the undermining of the road, which has caused the collapse, has been evident for years.
“The council contacted Junipers as soon as the collapsed road was reported. Our staff have erected warning signs and done a partial road closure around the collapse. " said Cr Roberts.
“As the road is privately owned the council does not have the authority to effect repairs. Council must work with the owners to have the road repaired as swiftly as possible.
"A representative of Junipers was in Townsville last week and gave council an undertaking that they will attend to the issue and will advise council of the action to be taken. I am particularly concerned about the safety of road users visiting Radical Bay and our staff will be in constant contact with Junipers until the matter is resolved. "
A media release from Cr Roberts notes, “As part of their development agreement Junipers must upgrade the road to the standards required by Council. Plans have been submitted by the developer and Council will continue to work with Junipers to ensure the road is built to standard.”
Magnetic Times understands however that Junipers' response to questions over the future of the Radical Bay development are yet to be finalised as concurrence agency reports, which require Juniper's final responses to questions over the development before they can be presented to Council for assessment, have yet to be provided.
A Magnetic Times' story about Juniper's most recent plans - which saw the erosion prone area, which identifies where buildings can be safely located, shifted well forward of the position Juniper's consultants had recommended - can be seen (HERE).
Magnetic Times has also sought comment from Junipers' lawyers as to whom would be liable if an accident, caused due to the poor state of the private road, were to occur. We have yet to receive a response.
"Access to the beach at Radical Bay is vital to Island residents and Council have worked with Junipers to ensure, as part of the development, both public car parking and clear access to the beach will be provided." said Cr Roberts.
On the most recent plan presented by Juniper, access to the beach is planned via a 500 metre path from the public car park which skirts the western perimeter of the 24 lot gated community.
Story and photo: George Hirst
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