By name and na­ture

Central and North Burnett Times - - NEWS - Emily Smith emily.smith@cnbtimes.com.au

MT DE­BAT­ABLE is liv­ing up to its rep­u­ta­tion.

A new road sign to the moun­tain was put up six weeks ago to point out the well-named moun­tain, but trav­ellers look­ing for Mt De­bat­able, and turn­ing down Mt De­bat­able Rd, will find them­selves at McCon­nell look­out on Mt Gayn­dah, from which they can look out over the elu­sive moun­tain.

At the last North Bur­nett Re­gional Coun­cil meet­ing, the place­ment of the sign sparked some de­bate among the coun­cil­lors.

“You can tech­ni­cally get to Mt De­bat­able from the road sign. You just need to go past Mt Gayn­dah first,” Cr Paul Lobegeier said.

“It’s quite con­fus­ing be­cause it is on Mt De­bat­able Rd.”

Cr John Bowen said the turnoff also pointed to McCon­nell look­out.

“So is that on Mt De­bat­able or does it look out on it from Mt Gayn­dah?” Cr Bowen asked.

Even­tu­ally coun­cil­lors said the sign point­ing to Mt De­bat­able, down Mt De­bat­able Rd, led to Mt Gayn­dah and, while Mt De­bat­able could be reached by the road, it was much eas­ier to get to its base by Gayn­dah-Mun­dub­bera Rd.

At least the in­trigu­ing name should give mo­torists plenty to talk about as they make their way through North Bur­nett.

And no doubt any ef­forts to find the moun­tain will just give fur­ther mean­ing to its ex­cel­lent choice of name.

So, while the sign is not tech­ni­cally wrong, it could hardly be called right ei­ther.

Some have said that, given the moun­tain’s name, it couldn’t have been placed more per­fectly.

The pres­i­dent of Gayn­dah’s His­tor­i­cal So­ci­ety, Cyn­thia Berthelsen, said the con­fu­sion came about be­cause of a rail­way sta­tion be­hind Mt Gayn­dah called Mt De­bat­able sta­tion.

“In those days sta­tions were named by their lo­cal­i­ties. That meant the road lead­ing to it was re­cently called Mt De­bat­able Rd,” she said.

“It’s aw­fully, aw­fully con­fus­ing. I prob­a­bly have to ex­plain this to tourists about 25 times a week at the Gayn­dah in­for­ma­tion cen­tre.”

PHOTO: EMILY SMITH

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