Opinion

LETTERS: Promises broken on Amamoor Creek Rd

HAZARD: Mayoral candidate Derek Hume on the side of Amamoor Creek Rd.
HAZARD: Mayoral candidate Derek Hume on the side of Amamoor Creek Rd. Contributed

ONCE again we have had a dreadful accident on our road just last week when it was raining and nasty out here.

A fellow came off his motor bike at the causeway below the Muster grid. The gravel and cement and the rain contributed to a very nasty accident where the man lost control of his bike and came off, wrote the bike off, broke his collar bone and wrist.

One neighbour came along and rendered help and luckily had a CB radio in order to call back to his wife (about 500m away) who then called emergency services.

We came along a few minutes later and were able to render assistance (I'm trained in first aid) and wait with the man until the ambulance came. Unfortunately, they took about an hour, because for some reason they came from Nambour and were unfamiliar with the area. Comms were unable to keep in contact with them, due to the fact that we have no mobile reception here (except during one week in August for the Muster campers).

Two tow trucks arrived, but the gentleman did not want to have his bike towed. They got bogged coming across the causeway then it started pouring with rain again.

We had a tarp for the gentleman to rest under and the tow driver gave me a jacket to keep dry. Thank you young man of good manners from Clayton's Towing.

This particular causeway has been the subject of two bad accidents and numerous flat tyres in the last several weeks. One neighbour has begun taking a shovel with her to scrape excess mud and gravel off the cement part in order to make it safer to drive. If you don't slow down to a dead stop, then you literally fall into the ditch that has been created by the water coursing over it.

Why as ratepayers are we subject to such dreadful road conditions? Are we not entitled to the same amount of safety as we drive as those who live out in the "burbs"?

Our children are subject to these conditions each day, twice a day when the lovely Polley's bus takes them to and from their schools. Have you ever travelled on that bus? Perhaps you should, right now, to get an idea of the safety measures the driver needs to take in order to keep our children safe.

Promises, promises, promises, to grade the road regularly. Broken, broken, broken, every year.

The road is graded a few days before the Muster, for the benefit of our visitors who generate some income that we don't benefit from. I don't know where the money goes, but it wouldn't be as much altogether as we ratepayers pay to the council for - hmmm? Not sure what? We don't have a rubbish service; infrastructure - not sure how we benefit from that either - please explain!

Our cars need to go to the mechanic shop far more regularly than they should - our tyres don't last as long as they should, even though we buy good quality tyres (necessary for added safety in driving) bits of the cars rattle off regularly, bolts come loose.

Telstra will not fix our phones if the road is bad, or there is more than 100mm of water over the causeways, so when the phone goes out during bad weather, we are without the means to call 000.

Why do the Muster people get mobile reception for two weeks, and for the rest of the year, residents and visitors to campsites not enjoy the same safety?

Trish Hume,

Amamoor Creek Rd,

Amamoor Creek.

Attack 'appals'

HAVING been a resident and ratepayer of Tin Can Bay for 20 years with a long association back to 1968, I feel I have the right to comment on our former Division 1 councillor Graham Engeman's letter dated February 13, directed at Mark McDonald, our sitting councillor.

Cr McDonald has served our community for three years and yes he has been battling a serious illness of which he only became aware after his election to council.

He was advised by both his peers and medical practitioners that he was quite capable of attending to his council duties and should not give them up. Cr McDonald is very committed to his division and has not let his illness inhibit his duties.

Since Cr McDonald's election to Division 1 the area has benefited from his hard work which is evidenced by the bridge and lifting of road at Investigator Ave and improvements to Bayside Rd, Cooloola Cove.

The car parks, footpaths, bridges, commencement of the rock wall, and general clean-up of the foreshore, surfacing the car park at the Community Complex in Tin Can Bay. Stairs to beach, foreshore clean-up, camouflaging the building site eyesore on the road entrance at Rainbow Beach.

These are only the achievements I have witnessed, there is a lot more that Cr McDonald is responsible for and I believe he has many more projects in the pipeline.

Many of these works had been ignored for years and were long overdue. All this has been done quietly by Cr McDonald in his first term.

In my observation our community is appalled at the personal attack on our local councillor and his health issues. Surely in this age of anti-discrimination an issue such as this should not even rate a mention and shows the perpetrator of such an attack in his true colours.

On a final note if Cr McDonald's health is an issue impeding his duties how has he managed to achieve all that he has during his first term?

M.A.Taylor,

Gympie Rd, Tin Can Bay.

Transparency

COUNCIL appears to be in a situation where there is a facture between it and the community.

It is a responsibility of councillors to be the voice of ratepayers and represent their interests but to also communicate back to them the reason for decisions.

An old boss of mine once told me, "people that have nothing to hide, hide nothing".

His wisdom has served me well and I feel that this could be applied to the current council situation.

Openness and transparency leads to and develops trust, even when people may not agree with the outcome.

For those in Curra that paid money to Tiaro Shire before the amalgamation and have yet to have their roads sealed an answer is essential, more importantly something needs to be done.

There are many other decisions that have been made by council that lack transparency and raise more questions for the ratepayer.

Council is an arm of the community, funded by those that live in the region.

It is time to bring the community back into council with more vocal representation.

I hope to be your voice in Division 2.

Glen Hartwig,

Candidate Division 2.

Gympie Times

Topics:  amamoor creek, letters, letters to the editor



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