ENOUGH OF THIS ROCKY ROAD
Harris has had enough of bumpy ride into Childers
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.
ROUGH RIDE: Isis River resident Frank Harris wants Bootharh Rd upgraded.