Noosa hinterland locals rally against quarry trucks on their roads.
Noosa hinterland locals rally against quarry trucks on their roads.

RACQ names Coast road as ‘worst’ in state

Kin Kin quarry truck opponents have banded together to ensure the main Noosa hinterland haul route has been named and shamed by RACQ as the state’s worst road.

The Kin Kin-Pomona Rd has collected more than 80 votes thanks to a push by Save Noosa Hinterland lobby group in the annual survey ahead of the Bruce Hwy on 64 votes.

RACQ spokeswoman Lauren Ritchie said locals were particularly concerned about their safety as large quarry trucks are regular users of the road.

Warning on mental toll from quarry trucks

Changes to cut truck impacts

“Drivers in the area say it’s a steep, winding and narrow road with poor shoulders and a rough, slippery surface,” Ms Ritchie said.

“They also said it lacks safety barriers, safe overtaking opportunities and has narrow bridges.

“The community wants quarry truck access reviewed and this road upgraded to a higher standard to improve safety and better accommodate the types of vehicles using it.”

Save Noosa Hinterland group spokeswoman Judy Scrase has thanked all the locals who supported a campaign to have the road placed at the top of the RACQ blacklist and send a message to quarry operator Cordwells Resources.

Crumbling road edges have have helped Kin Kin Pomona Rd win the RACQ's worst road tag.
Crumbling road edges have have helped Kin Kin Pomona Rd win the RACQ's worst road tag.

“We’ve moved from 10th position in the 2010 RACQ survey to number one in 2020,” Ms Scrase said.

“For 10 years we’ve been telling the powers that be that this road was never suitable as a designated haulage route for the hundreds of fully laden truck and dog quarry trucks that use the Pomona Kin Kin Road each week.

“Did they not stop to think how this would impact our community, it’s our only road into Pomona?”

Ms Scrase said the roads are a patchwork of crumbled, buckled and displaced bitumen.

“The hinterland communities want their peaceful lives back,” she said.

Cordwells spokesman Martin Cordwell has declined to comment on the condition of the road.

Next Wednesday there will be a peaceful community protest outside Noosa Council Chambers from 10am to 11am as key stakeholders sit down for the latest hinterland traffic round table meeting.

Save Noosa Hinterland is holding a community Q&A at the Pomona’s Majestic Theatre at 5.30pm with Noosa Mayor Clare Stewart and Noosa MP Sandy Bolton.