Plea to fix Gympie's 'worst road'
IF there is a worse road than Kelly Road in the Gympie Region, Anita Femiano wants to know about it.
The physiotherapist who lives with her disabled husband on the narrow rutted track says her calls for council to maintain the road situated at Amamoor Creek behind the Muster site have fallen on deaf ears.
She wants Kelly and its feeder, Amamoor Creek Road, fixed before someone loses a life.
The narrow road is that bad, continual jarring from dodging giant pot holes, rocks and drop-offs in her Hilux on her way to work every day has injured her coccyx.
Not to mention her husband, who has had to double his pain medication for an injured back whenever driving along the road.
Mrs Femiano says she has been told by Gympie Regional Council that Kelly Road had not been maintained because there were other roads in the region in worse condition and a higher priority.
“I would be very surprised if Kelly Road and for that matter Amamoor Creek Road don’t make the top 10 worst roads in the Gympie Region,” Mrs Femiano said.
“We had a council officer out here measuring to provide us with house numbers on Kelly Road.
“He said it was the worst road he had driven on in his council vehicle and added that having a house number on our property would be of limited value because emergency services vehicles would have difficulty getting to it anyway.”
Mrs Femiano says she has been patient waiting for council to maintain the road over a number of years but now said she couldn’t wait any longer.
“I Keep re-injuring my self every time I drive to work,” she said.
“I need to do whatever it takes to get Kelly Road up to a safe driveable standard.”
Mrs Femiano says she looks after two high-need students at the Gympie Special School and can’t afford to take time off work to allow her injuries to heal.
“I have had to buy a special pillow to sit on while driving along the road.”
She said everyone was part of the same community and paid rates.
“Just because someone lives outside the main town, does not mean they have no right to basic services.
“It doesn’t just affect the people living on Kelly Road but our friends who can’t visit because their vehicles can’t cope with the road,” she said.
Is your road worse than Kelly Road? If it is, give us a call at The Gympie Times and let us know.