Patch-up job fails again
DISGRUNTLED Imbil resident Ian Taylor was grateful yesterday that action had been taken to fix dangerous erosion on a road near his home, but said the "patch job" looked the same as all the times before and would most likely disappear in the next heavy rain.
Mr Taylor and his partner moved into their property at Timani Rd in 2008, and say the intersection of Timani Rd and Bryant Rd has been a "disgrace" since that time.
"Bryant Rd is a steep hill with Timani Rd coming off it about half way down," Mr Taylor said.
"Every time we get heavy rain, the intersection cracks up as you see in the photos and we have a lot of difficulty getting our vehicles out of our own road."
A giant crack in the bitumen, wide enough to fit a man's shoe, extended across the intersection last Wednesday.
The intersection was repaired late last week by a Gympie Regional Council crew, and mayor Ron Dyne said yesterday an apparently blocked drain under the road had also been opened up, which he hoped would help protect and preserve the road surface when heavy rain next fell.
"They have certainly worked on the drainage and opened it up," he said.
"It should cater for other than extreme circumstances."
But Mr Taylor said the repair job looked the same as the ones that had gone before: "a very cheap patch job".
"Time and time again the council come out and do a patch job on the intersection," he said.
"It clearly needs drainage underneath Timani Rd so that the water can go under the intersection, not over it."
Mr Taylor said the council was "very quick to point out that our rates have to be paid by a due date otherwise we will get slugged interest on these rates".
"Well, well, well. With our own water supply, and living on a gravel road and no other services provided we really do wonder why we pay rates. It is ludicrous.
"My rate-paying neighbours and I have had a gutful of this regional council's lack of concern.
"We don't have any street lights either.
"This sort of unsatisfactory behaviour is amazing.
"They keep patching it up but as soon as it rains it happens again."