Decreasing block sizes is where roads and development merge

DRAINED: Greenbank agricultural dam will be emptied to make way for housing. Photo: Michael Burge
DRAINED: Greenbank agricultural dam will be emptied to make way for housing. Photo: Michael Burge

EDITORIAL: IF there are two issues being raised by residents across the greater Jimboomba region, they are roadways and development.

The two, however, are not mutually exclusive. 

In regard to development, residents often report to the Times their concerns about decreasing block sizes and the impact on wildlife.

A North Maclean resident this week highlights concerns she has about a dam at Greenbank being drained to make way for residential housing.  

What, she asks, will become of the wildlife that calls the dam home?

Of course, the developer is required to have a fauna management plan in place, which they do, as part of the state government approval for the development.

Decreasing block sizes, however, is where roads and development merge. 

Many roads across this region, especially the Mount Lindesay Highway, are already slow moving or gridlocked at peak times, as any Jimboomba motorist knows and as politicians of all persuasions have clearly noted.

The road trip into or out of Jimboomba certainly makes for a challenging journey during peak hours and in school zones immediately before and after school drop off and pick up times.

That action needs to be taken on roads is clear, especially as development across the region will continue to increase the number of vehicles on the roads.

To be clear, this is not an attack on developers. No area can ever avoid development completely and Jimboomba is not immune.

With its open spaces and country ambience, it stands to reason that people would want to live here.

However, without council and the state government having clear plans in place for meeting the roadway needs of an increasing population, challenges will only grow for residents and visitors alike.