Mustering for a better road yesterday were concerned residents and government representatives.
Mustering for a better road yesterday were concerned residents and government representatives. Renee Pilcher

"Musta" addresses road safety

ABOUT 60 Amamoor residents, local government representatives and concerned drivers converged on the Country Music Muster main stage yesterday for a road “Musta”.

The meeting was organised by concerned Amamoor Creek Road residents who said the road needed major improvements to guarantee the safety of those who lived along it and those who used it to get to the Music Muster and visit state forest and camping grounds.

At the meeting, residents of Heathcote Road, another access road to the Music Muster site, said their road had the same problems.

Organiser Anita Femiano addressed the meeting, saying recent road maintenance on Amamoor Creek Road was great, but she was still fearful someone would die on the road if it wasn’t kept up to that standard 12 months of the year.

Being a school bus route the road should be kept up to a higher standard, Mrs Femiano said, to ensure the safety of students.

She said students have had to miss nine days of school this year as the school bus driver thought the road was not safe enough to drive on.

The residents have presented Gympie Regional Council with a remedial proposal that includes rebuilding the road, something they say will reduce ongoing costs to maintain it to a driveable standard.

Deputy Mayor Tony Perrett, who attended the meeting on behalf of Mayor Ron Dyne, said council was committed to safer school bus routes, but conceded there wasn’t enough money in council coffers to meet all requests in the proposal.

Cr Perrett hopes the State Government will assist council with some funds.

He couldn’t place a ball park figure on the cost, but did say it cost about $300,000 a kilometre to bitumen a rural road.

He has committed council to costing the proposal and discussing the residents’ concerns at a future meeting.

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