Con­cern for safety on road from Mulgildie to Monto

Central and North Burnett Times - - FRONT PAGE - Jack Lawrie

A 25-YEAR-OLD man has been charged af­ter al­most 40 road signs were van­dalised from Monto to Mulgildie.

Along the road, sign posts have been al­most sys­tem­at­i­cally knocked over, bent back­wards and turned over.

Monto Po­lice Con­sta­ble Michael Sch­midt said the man was charged on Mon­day.

North Bur­nett Re­gional Coun­cil act­ing CEO Ray Burton said it was a dis­ap­point­ing dis­play of be­hav­iour.

“Given that the signs are for road safety pur­poses and are gen­uine hazard warn­ings for mo­torists, plac­ing peo­ple’s lives at risk is a stupid and fool­hardy step,” Mr Burton said.

As the Bur­nett High­way is a state-con­trolled road, the coun­cil will be dis­cussing re­pairs with the Depart­ment of Main Roads.

Mr Burton said the plan was to get the signs re-erected as soon as pos­si­ble.

“The signs are not far out of Monto and they’re on bends, so it’s quite a dan­ger­ous road at this point if these di­rec­tional signs and hazard signs don’t get re-erected, so we’ll be tak­ing this mat­ter up with TMR as soon as we can,” he said.

Mr Burton said mo­torists us­ing the road should travel with cau­tion un­til the signs were re­placed.

The ac­cused will ap­pear in Monto Mag­is­trates Court on Fe­bru­ary 22.

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