Pe­ti­tion to fix our road

The stretch has ‘more patches than Grandma’s quilt’

Central and North Burnett Times - - NEWS - Erica Mur­ree erica.mur­

RES­I­DENTS are push­ing for up­grades on the Biggen­den-Gooroolba Rd, which they say is so un­safe it’s caus­ing peo­ple to by­pass Biggen­den al­to­gether.

Res­i­dents and Biggen­den Bak­ery own­ers Garry and Bron­wen Stark drive the 7km Biggen­den to Degilbo sec­tion of the road three times daily, night and day.

They have or­gan­ised a pe­ti­tion to get the road fixed, which has gath­ered around 100 sig­na­tures in 10 days.

The road is the main ac­cess road to Degilbo, where around 30 fam­i­lies live.

Mrs Stark said the road was also the main ac­cess to Par­adise and Mingo dams.

“It is tra­versed by car­a­vans, mo­torhomes and boats,” she said.

“As well as be­ing a school bus route the road is used by B Dou­bles and tim­ber trucks.”

Mrs Stark said the shoul­ders of the road were in a dan­ger­ous state and the bi­tu­men strip was get­ting nar­rower by the day.

“There are more patches on this sec­tion of road than on Grandma’s quilt,” she said.

“The ‘patch­work­ing’ is a time con­sum­ing, ex­pen­sive ex­er­cise for the North Bur­nett Re­gional Coun­cil on what is a main road.

“The road is dan­ger­ous and just wait­ing for an ac­ci­dent to hap­pen.”

Some Degilbo res­i­dents don’t use the road but come to Biggen­den via Sec­combes Rd for a smoother trip, or even skip the town and head to Childers to do their shop­ping.

At the same time as this pe­ti­tion started, con­trac­tors were on site grad­ing the shoul­ders.

“But it is only a band-aid job,” Mrs Stark said.

Res­i­dent Carol Wil­liams has had three wind­screens bro­ken since mov­ing to the area, as a re­sult of driv­ing on the road.

“Now when I come to Biggen­den I drive via the Mines Rd,” she said.

Mrs Wil­liams en­cour­aged oth­ers to sign the pe­ti­tion at Biggen­den Bak­ery.

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