|Facts, Dates and General Interest|
Transportation and Traffic
Despite all efforts to retain the toll, at midnight on Saturday, March 22, 1975, Bribie Island builder Stan Balmer bought the last 50 cent toll ticket from the Bribie bridge toll master Jack Greenlaugh. From midnight, cars were able to cross the bridge without charge. Work on removal of the toll office began the following Monday. (TNNCN, March 26, 1975).
Bribie Island Overpass
By July 1978, the estimated cost of the overpass had risen drastically, with Mr. Hinze announcing it would cost $4,540,000. (TNNCN, July 5, 1978).
The overpass was officially opened in December 1978. (TNNCN, December 6, 1978).
The double highway Burpengary to Bribie Island was opened by Minister for Main Roads, Mr. Hinze, on August 9, 1979. (TNNCN, August 15, 1979).
From January 1, 1972, all motorists in cars with seatbelts fitted had to wear them unless reversing or travelling from point to point at 15 miles per hour. (!) (TCN, January 5, 1972).
From July 1, 1974, motoring went metric, with motorists having to measure their speed in kilometers per hour and road signs all being metric (TNNCN, July 3, 1974). (It must have been a huge job and cost a great deal of money, to change all those road signs over!).
Narangba Train Crash
A huge query hung over the rail smash where 2 local men lost their lives when the Maryborough Express ploughed into the rear of a stationary worker’s train at Narangba Railway Station at about 6.20 p.m. on Monday, June 8, 1970. There were claims by passengers that they were not warned to leave the train. A local passenger said that she and some fellow passengers got out of the coach to walk about when told their train had been held up with mechanical trouble. This was after 20 minutes of sitting in the train. They thought William David Mollenhauer was asleep. Mr. Mollenhauer, 58, of Caboolture, was in their carriage and was killed). It was also thought that William Leslie DeKnock, 57, of Beachmere, was in the second last coach. He was also killed. Mr. Mollenhauer died instantly. Mr. DeKnock died in Royal Brisbane Hospital. (TCN, June 10, 1970).
The President of the Queensland Country Fire Officers’ Association and Petrie Fire Chief, Mr. E.L. Hucksbody, said the accident stressed the lack of liaison between emergency services in Queensland. One emergency service only heard of the accident through the news media. (TCN, July 15, 1970).
Graham Coulson West, driver of the Maryborough Express was committed for trial in Caboolture Magistrate’s court on July 30, 1970. (TCN, August 5, 1970). (The outcome of the trial is not known).