Petition to fix our road
The stretch has ‘more patches than Grandma’s quilt’
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.