Cyclist Collides with Kangaroo in Upper Kedron

A cyclist in his 40s had a heart-stopping encounter with a kangaroo early one morning in Upper Kedron and ended up in the hospital.

The incident occurred on Friday, 29 Sept 2023, at approximately 5:30 a.m. on Lochinvar Rd. The cyclist, whose identity has not been disclosed, was cruising along the road when he hit a kangaroo that darted out onto the road unexpectedly. 

The force of the impact sent the cyclist tumbling, leaving him with injuries that required immediate medical attention. Emergency services were promptly dispatched to the scene, and paramedics provided vital first aid before transporting the injured cyclist to a nearby hospital. Fortunately, the victim is reported to be in stable condition and is expected to recover from his injuries.

In an unrelated incident in the early hours of the same morning, another man had a similar brush with a kangaroo, highlighting the unusual dangers faced by motorists and cyclists in some parts of Queensland.

This second incident occurred at 3:42 a.m. on Innes Park Rd in Bundaberg, located in the southern region of Queensland. The victim, riding a motorbike, collided with a kangaroo that suddenly appeared on the road. He was transported to the hospital for medical evaluation and treatment. 

Authorities in Queensland have long cautioned residents and visitors about the potential risks associated with wildlife encounters on the state’s roads, particularly in areas where kangaroos and other native animals are known to be active during the night and early morning hours.

Drivers and cyclists are advised to exercise caution, particularly in areas prone to wildlife crossings.

Published 2-Oct-2023

Ellendale Stage 5 Development in Upper Kedron Rejected

Council has denied the development application for Stage 5 of the Ellendale housing project in Upper Kedron, citing concerns about the earthworks and their impact on vegetation, ecology, and biodiversity.

In the decision report filed for DA A005255683, Council delegate John Neville underscored that the proposed plans were deemed unacceptable because the earthworks will alter the topography along the waterway corridors and take out a significant portion of the Eucalyptus trees on the site. 

“Stage 5A, 5B, 5C, earthworks filling of the mapped waterway corridors conflict with the Stormwater code as the development does not maximise the use of natural waterway corridors on the site, “ the report stated. “Due to the proposed filling, there is no protection of environmental values of receiving waters, no use of the natural waterway corridors and drainage path for fauna movement, and the basins will require extensive earthworks in cut and the use of tiered retaining walls.”

Photo Credit: Developmenti Brisbane City Council

Huntsman Property, the developer, also failed to submit proper documentation of its compliance to the Bushfire overlay code. Neville cited that the developer had outstanding issues with its Bushfire reporting and still has not demonstrated acceptable measures to curb the risk of bushfires. 

The advocacy group PlanRight Upper Kedron hailed the rejection as a win but also reminded the residents that the “fight is not yet over.” 

“Ellendale do have an opportunity to appeal the decision or resubmit a new Development Application,” the group said. “In that regard, we continue to extend our support for dialogue with Ellendale so that any next steps they attempt are done in a collaborative fashion and to avoid the problems, stress and cost endured by all to this point.” 

The Ellendale housing project has had a number of controversies since it received preliminary approval from former Planning Minister Jackie Trad. Residents have opposed the development early on because of its outcome on the environment. 

Photo Credit: Ellendale Estate/Google Maps

Stage 5 was supposed to expand the development to connect sections of Halifax Street to the south section of the project, which had been Stage 1. 

Residents Petition for New Road Connecting The Gap and Upper Kedron

Residents are actively pushing for a 900-m long shortcut connecting Canvey Rd and Mt Nebo Rd. This stretch of new road would spell a 14-km difference in the daily commute of residents who regularly travel between The Gap and Upper Kedron.

More than 280 signatures have already been collected by Upper Kedron resident Wade Phillips, the proponent of the petition which calls for Brisbane City Council to provide Canvey Rd access to Mt Nebo Rd, The Gap.

Photo Credit: Google Maps

“Currently the only way Ferny Grove and Upper Kedron residents to access Waterworks Road is via Settlement Road. This road connection is earmarked as Active Transport (Emergency Services) and Pedestrians only. I seek to open the road for all road users,” Mr Phillips explained.

“No further traffic will utilise Waterworks Road as everyone who will use the Canvey Road connection to Mt Nebo road already uses Settlement Road. This adds 15 minutes (of) transit every day, plus fuel and pollution, and costs.”

The link has been the subject of an unsuccessful lobby by the Ferny Grove Upper Kedron Residents Association (FGUKRA) during the preparation and deliberations for the Ferny Grove – Upper Kedron Neighbourhood Plan in 2018.

At the time, BCC rejected the call, citing the accident rate on Mt Nebo Rd and Mt Glorious Rd, both popular routes for recreational motorbike riders. Today, residents continue to express support the link as it would save those who head into The Gap for work approximately 14 km of driving each day.

To commuters such as those living in the new Ellendale estate, this would make a massive difference, particularly since it’s only 200 m from the nearest Ellendale house to Mt Nebo Rd.

“Allow all traffic to utilise the road, not just emergency vehicles,” Mr Phillips added.