Ettamogah Pub: 6000 sign petition to keep access open
MORE than 6000 have signed a petition calling to keep access open to some of the Coast's most iconic tourist attractions.
Member for Caloundra Mark McArdle has today tabled a petition in parliament to stop the proposed plans for the removal of direct access to the Aussie World commercial precinct, currently being proposed by Department of Transport and Main Roads.
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The changes are part of the Bruce Highway upgrade: Caloundra Rd to Sunshine Motorway project.
The 7km stretch is set to be upgraded in the name of public safety.
The Ettamogah Pub is among the businesses set to be affected.
Do you think the closure of direct access will affect business at Aussie World complex?
This poll ended on 28 May 2015.
Yes, if it's not convenient, no one will stop
No, it's an icon pit stop, people will visit regardless
I don't stop there so it doesn't bother me
This is not a scientific poll. The results reflect only the opinions of those who chose to participate.
The pub was the second of its type built in Australia based on the famous Ken Maynard cartoon strip. Owners handed in the licence to the Ettamogah brand last year and enormous pub has sat idle with no name since as the ownership rights are negotiated.
"I have written to the Minister for Main Roads, Mark Bailey and asked that the current plans for the Bruce Highway Upgrade project be reconsidered urgently. Mr McArdle said.
"The current proposal will see access to the Aussie World complex by way of a small roundabout, which in itself is problematic.
The smaller roundabout located to the west of the interchange means people will need to drive south away from Aussie World and use the roundabout to travel north to Aussie World.
There will no longer be a direct route for motorists.
6603 people have signed the petition.
"People are very angry that the direct access is being removed from Aussie World and the implications on the businesses there will be devastating," Mr McArdle said.
"These businesses rely heavily on direct highway access for their customers.
"As I have said before, this is simply a very bad decision that needs to be reversed and reconsidered.
"I am hoping this petition will at least get the Minister to make a commitment to have the plans reviewed by his Department and alternative models explored."
The Minister for Main Roads has 28 days from today to respond to the petition.