Walker Road after it was repaired. Local residents want it fixed properly.
Walker Road after it was repaired. Local residents want it fixed properly.

Rage over road

AS Gympie Regional Council steps up road repairs in the many flood and rain damaged parts of the region, one Walker Road resident is saying some of their repair work is below par.

David McNamara says he had just about given up trying to negotiate a stretch of his road at Moy Pocket when a crew finally turned up to repair it earlier this month.

“After five months of badgering the Gympie Regional Council to undertake road works in Walker Road, they finally turned up and ‘completed’ repair work (on March 9, 2010),” Mr McNamara said.

“Apparently the damage was not considered urgent enough to warrant repair as yet.”

He said he is now wondering why he pays $800 a year registration on a car that has to sit parked in the shed. “Because it is unable to negotiate abysmally maintained council roads,” he said.

“You can no doubt understand why rate payers are up in arms at councillors granting themselves a pay increase and use of a council vehicle when this is what we are getting for our money.”

Works and Services Committee chairman Cr Larry Friske told The Gympie Times that following the adverse weather a large number of roadwork crews were “all flat out” and would get to all the damage as soon as they could.

However, he said while he could not give an exact date as to when the work on Walker Road would be completed, he said crews were currently in that area and would do whatever was necessary to make it a safe road.

Gympie Times


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