Couple ask council to resume road
AN ongoing issue for Kilkivan residents Kristina McNiven and David Sander regarding access to their rugged property off Rossmore Road was finalised in early 2009 according to Gympie Regional Council deputy mayor Tony Perrett.
Ms McNiven and Mr Sander want an existing track through a neighbour’s block resumed by council to give them access to Rossmore Road because the legal, very steep access road to their house is now, after recent heavy rain, little more than a goat track.
Under current council planning policy the road is regarded as an unmaintained road.
Councillor Perrett said there had been several discussions between Ms McNiven and Mr Sander with various councillors, and an understanding had been reached in January 2009.
The minutes of the Gympie Regional Council meeting, January 14, 2009, read:
“That council endorse the agreement of January 8, 2009 between Ms McNiven and Mr Sander and the Mayor and Cr Friske that the landowners will dedicate an easement across Lot 18 to Lot 20 on W3764 which will enable Lot 20 to have its access and address as Richardson Road.
The owners acknowledged that Richardson Road is not a council-maintained road and this will be noted on the rate notices.”
Cr Perrett said council was not prepared to resume someone else’s property to give Ms McNiven and Mr Sander’s access simply because they would prefer it.
“I think that’s a very unreasonable expectation,” Cr Perrett said.
Ms McNiven said the situation was “very frustrating” because Richardson Road ”has never been put in”.