STAR LETTER OF THE WEEK
IN ANSWER to G. Mahon’s letter (Star, Wednesday, August 22) about defective Mahon’s Bridge on Grantham Scrub Rd.
The reference to trucks travelling east-west over this bridge is inconsequential. Fact is ratepayers have paid for a bridge not built to plan or intended 70 tonne loading. We have been severely dudded. This highlights that Lockyer Valley Regional Council of that time, 2009, has accepted this defective structure at great cost, now appearing to require replacement at a cost of around $1.5 million. This is only one bridge out of six to eight bridging structures contracted out over 10 or 12 years.
A number of these contracted structures appear to be defective by degrees. Some were designed and constructed by one company. There is something terribly wrong with the way these contracts were monitored.
The word is that repairing or replacing these bridges will cost ratepayers millions of dollars. Council, as its coffers are in serious debt, is now desperate to secure increasing government grants for remediation, all this following grants secured to assist in financing the original funding for these bridges. How many other contracts throughout our region will require a forensic auditing to allay our concerns as to how we have been snowed?
–B Fowke, Regency Downs