Check roads before buying property
IT'S YET another case of buyer beware when it comes to purchasing land when the road leading to the property is on council's unmaintained roads register.
Gympie Deputy Mayor Tony Perrett said a gazetted road is one that can be accessed legally by anyone and that a gazetted road can fall in to two categories - maintained and unmaintained.
"Far too often a potential buyer does not do due diligence," he said.
"People want to reside and build a home and they come to council to build a road - a road ratepayers would have to pay for.
"What people need to do is ask if the road is on council's maintained or unmaintained roads list.
"People have to think of the access and weigh up whether the land is cheap because it does not have access."
Cr Perrett said some people choose to upgrade the road to council standard and that road then goes on council's maintained list.
"Where someone wants to do that, council does make a contribution but the major cost is borne by the property owner," he said.
Cr Perrett's comments come after a few ratepayers contacted The Gympie Times about the state of a road that needs repairs after the recent rain.
The road in question is on council's maintained list but only up to a certain point and then it becomes an unmaintained road.
Council did place a sign at that point advising the road was unmaintained but it is believed that sign was washed away after heavy rains.
Cr Perrett said there are signs through the region to advise that roads are 4X4 only but "people have a habit of removing signs".