Buderim residents continue to fight for picnic table
NEGOTIATIONS over the future of a Buderim street's portable picnic table have reached a stalemate.
The Chablis Crt table became famous across the region when residents of the cul de sac challenged a Sunshine Coast Council order in February to remove it from the place where it has sat for the past two years.
The council cited its location in the middle of a traffic island as a safety concern, with residents using the table as a social gathering place.
Division six councillor Christian Dickson supported the community-building table and made an election promise to residents that they could have a table in their street.
Late last week, he sent out a letter offering three options to ensure that happened.
Should the residents of Chablis Crt be able to continue to use their portable table?
This poll ended on 24 June 2016.
No, the council's options are safer
Yes, they have been doing so for years
Let them be, there's already way too much regulation
This is not a scientific poll. The results reflect only the opinions of those who chose to participate.
The options included the installation of a council-approved table with shade trees to act as a buffer between the table and road traffic located in a green space near the current table's location or another further down the street.
The third option was for residents to enrol as community volunteers and continue to use the existing table occasionally if they erected appropriate signage and safety devices, such as witches hats, while the table was in use. It would be required to be packed away when not in use.
Resident Guy Shead said none of the options were acceptable.
"Everyone in the street got sent the letter and half of them threw it in the bin saying it was ridiculous, we just want to keep the table where it is," he said.
Cr Dickson said he "fought as hard as he could" to secure the proposed solutions and ensured they fit with both State Government legislation and insurance, which would not cover the council if a child was hit by a car while trying at access a table located on a traffic island.
"The first two options should be a win/win," he said.
"The residents are getting a brand new asset and street trees at full council cost and we will provide a safer area for the children."
The residents have until the end of the month to indicate which option, if any, they would like to proceed with.