- Tuesday 23 November 2010
Road closures on the Mooloolaba Esplanade have commenced and will be in place every Friday and Saturday night for the summer school holiday period until 29 January 2011.
The initiative is designed to enhance public safety in Mooloolaba during the peak holiday period when the area experiences its highest population and visitor numbers. It is expected these road closures will alleviate traffic issues that can be experienced along the Mooloolaba Esplanade thereby creating a safer environment and relaxed ambience.
Division 4 Councillor Chris Thompson said it is council’s intention to have the closures in place for all "extended" (interstate) holiday periods in the interest of public safety for a greatly increased population in the area.
"For the last couple of years road closures along the Mooloolaba Esplanade on Friday and Saturday nights have been in place in response to complaints of hooning, noise and other traffic and safety issues," Cr Thompson said.
"However for the past five months, council has conducted a trial reopening of the Mooloolaba Esplanade which has proved to be successful with police advising no noticeable increases in noise or issues in the area."
Police maintain that they have not seen any issues of concern with the reopening and are supportive of the closures continuing on Friday and Saturday nights over the holiday period.
"Council is committed to working with police and local businesses during the busy holiday period to ensure safety continues to be our priority," Cr Thompson said.
Changed traffic conditions will be from Venning Street through to Parkyn Parade in Mooloolaba. Vehicles will still be able to drive through the car park on Beach Terrace and at the Brisbane Road roundabout will be required to turn onto Brisbane Road.