Emergency services at a truck rollover on the James St section of Warrego Hwy at the top of the range, Monday, February 04, 2013. Photo Kevin Farmer / The Chronicle
Emergency services at a truck rollover on the James St section of Warrego Hwy at the top of the range, Monday, February 04, 2013. Photo Kevin Farmer / The Chronicle Kevin Farmer

Council knocks back 'ludicrous' childcare on crash hotspot

TOOWOOMBA Regional Council yesterday voted 6-5 to knock back a development proposal for a 112-place childcare centre on a notorious truck rollover spot.

The site, on the corner of James and Cohoe Sts, has had a number of incidents over the years where heavy duty trucks have smashed through the barrier.

Toowoomba Police named it as their number one hot-spot for crashes in a story published by The Chronicle in 2015, but only one councillor raised concerns about child safety in yesterday's vote.

CRASH HOT SPOT: The potential impact zone of a truck rollover on a proposed child daycare facility on the corner of James and Cohoe Sts. Sent in by a reader of The Chronicle.
CRASH HOT SPOT: The potential impact zone of a truck rollover on a proposed child daycare facility on the corner of James and Cohoe Sts. Sent in by a reader of The Chronicle. Contributed

Toowoomba Regional Council voted 6-5 against its own planners' recommendation to approve the development of the childcare facility, though only Cr Joe Ramia raised concerns for the potential of trucks to roll into a facility with the capacity to house 112 children.

Plans show the an outdoor play area on the facility that faces the road.

"I have concerns that, to me, it is being built on the most dangerous intersection or corner in this city," Cr Ramia said.

"I have been and I have seen many, many, many accidents happen there.

"I've been up there when trucks have gone through barriers and almost into the houses. As a matter of fact I knew people who lived in there and their biggest fear every time a truck came down that street ... was that it could have gone into their house."

Councillors Bill Cahill and Carol Taylor also voiced concerns regarding the increased level of traffic and the impact of that on nearby residential properties.

The chamber also heard from Ryan Johnson of Australian Childcare Solutions, the developer behind the project, who noted Toowoomba's "under-supply of childcare places".

Rob Smythe, who has lived in Ipswich St for 61 years, spoke on behalf of "10 residents in Rangeville" arguing against its construction.

"We don't oppose a childcare centre in the area but in this location, it is ludicrous," he said.


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