ENOUGH OF THIS ROCKY ROAD

Har­ris has had enough of bumpy ride into Childers

Isis Town and Country - - Front Page - By MATTHEW MCIN­ER­NEY

IT ONLY took a drive down Bootharh Rd for Frank Har­ris’ con­cerns to be­come re­al­ity.

“This will be the sixth one in the last few months,” Mr Har­ris said as the rear right wheel of his util­ity started to de­flate.

The Town & Coun­try Mazda 2 copped a beat­ing as Mr Har­ris led us down Bootharh Rd to get a close look at what he de­scribed as ma­jor is­sues.

The most com­mon are pot­holes that could swallow the Mazda whole if given the chance, and the large, loose rocks whose sharp edges hun­grily await un­sus­pect­ing tyres.

It was on the trip back past the Childers Ri­fle and Pis­tol Club en­trance when Mr Har­ris no­ticed his tyre.

“I’m at the end of my tether,” Mr Har­ris said.

Mr Har­ris has lived at the same Bootharh Rd ad­dress for 30 years, and said he had asked lo­cal and state gov­ern­ments for a road up­grade for the past five.

He claimed his re­quests had fallen on deaf ears each time, but the health and wel­fare of regular road users has steeled the 67-year-old to take ac­tion.

Front and cen­tre is his wife Chriss, who is in a wheel­chair due to an in­jured back.

“If we hit any of those big pot­holes it could hurt her back more and she will be stuck in a wheel­chair per­ma­nently,” Mr Har­ris said. “I don’t know what to do. “I’ve lived there for 30 years. I’ve got 40-some­thing acres down there and have paid my fees, rates and ev­ery­thing else. Coun­cil haven’t done any­thing.”

Bund­aberg Re­gional Coun­cil roads spokesman Cr Tony Ricciardi refuted Mr Har­ris’ claim, and said the coun­cil had sunk more than $60,000 into the road in the past few years.

Cr Ricciardi said $54,000 was spent on the road in the 2012 bud­get, and a fur­ther (es­ti­mated) $10,000 was spent near Mr Har­ris’ res­i­dence.

“I’ve got 4000km of road and 1500km of that is gravel,” Cr Ricciardi said.

“We’ve spent a lot of money and a lot of time on this road. I’ve got a bud­get of $12 mil­lion for all roads and, I tell you, it doesn’t go very far.”

Mr Har­ris said Bur­nett MP Stephen Bennett had helped him ask BRC to work on the road at dif­fer­ent times in the past few years.

Mr Bennett helped the Isis River res­i­dent put to­gether a pe­ti­tion ear­lier this week, which will be avail­able to be signed at Isis Hard­ware, and the Town & Coun­try of­fice.

PHOTO: MATTHEW MCIN­ER­NEY

ROUGH RIDE: Isis River res­i­dent Frank Har­ris wants Bootharh Rd up­graded.

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