McFarlane Drive – Keep Open or Close?

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  • Description: Residents were asked to have their say on whether McFarlane Drive should remain open or be closed again. The majority of residents who responded preferred the road to be closed therefore this road closure will come into effect on Monday 6 April 2020.
  • Status: Closed
  • Consultation period: 9:00am 10/03/2020 to 5:00pm 27/03/2020

Council recently wrote to residents regarding additional traffic calming measures proposed for McFarlane Drive. Due to feedback received, Council is asking residents to vote again on whether they would like to keep the road open or to have it closed again at the original location.

In April 2019, Council temporarily opened McFarlane Drive to improve safety for motorists whilst remediation works on the Cairns Western Arterial Road (CWAR) were being undertaken by the Department of Transport and Main Roads (TMR) following a landslip. Council advised residents that the road would be closed again following the conclusion of these works. However, at the request of some local residents Council extended this opening period to allow for additional collection of traffic data.

In June 2019, Council invited residents to have their say about whether McFarlane Drive should remain open. The majority of residents who responded at that time were in favour of keeping the road open (64%) and the road has remained open since with several traffic calming measures introduced.

Council has since received feedback from residents regarding the increased number of vehicles now using McFarlane Drive as a through road. They have reported increased traffic and associated traffic noise, potential safety issues and increased traffic conflict, and the difficulty of exiting at the Lake Morris Road intersection with the CWAR. If the majority of residents are in favour of closing the road, Council will consider re-installing the bollards. If the majority of residents are in favour of keeping the road open, Council will proceed with additional traffic calming as previously advised.

Consultation outcome

The majority of residents who responded (60%) preferred this road to be re-closed at the same location until intersection improvements can be carried out at the Cairns Western Arterial Road. Therefore, this road closure will come into effect on Monday 6 April 2020.

Last updated: 03 April 2020