By name and nature
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.”