Bunns Rd in fo­cus

Isis Town and Country - - News -

A MA­JOR thor­ough­fare for emer­gency ser­vices dur­ing nat­u­ral dis­as­ters needs to be up­graded be­fore a crash claims some­body’s life.

The ma­jor­ity of Ap­ple Tree Creek’s Bunns Rd is sealed, but a sec­tion close to the busy North – South Rd, an ar­te­rial road con­nect­ing the Bruce and Isis Hwys, re­mains un­sealed, and was the scene of a ve­hi­cle rollover just last week.

Bre­an­nan Tis­dell and her two chil­dren were lucky to es­cape in­jury when she nar­rowly avoided an on­com­ing trailer.

She lost con­trol of the ve­hi­cle as it strug­gled to main­tain trac­tion, and rolled into bushes along­side the road.

Now she, Elise and John Cot­tam and Bur­nett MP Stephen Bennett have joined forces in an at­tempt to raise con­cerns about the road.

Their con­cerns are two-fold: the road is un­sealed in a sec­tion where visibility can be limited due to the to­pog­ra­phy of the area, and the width of the un­sealed sec­tion varies to a point where two 4WDs are lucky to be parked side-by-side.

An un­avoid­able ad­di­tion to those con­cerns are that lo­cal school­child­ren walk along­side the road to reach a bus stop near the in­ter­sec­tion.

Mrs Cot­tam said the lack of a distinc­tion be­tween the road and sur­round­ing bush­land made it danger­ous for chil­dren.

Mr Cot­tam, who is also the lo­cal SES con­troller, spoke with Mr Bennett about how the group uses the road dur­ing nat­u­ral dis­as­ters.

Mr Bennett un­der­stood their con­cerns and said some­thing had to be done about the road.

“It cer­tainly has some is­sues, and John has in­di­cated how it is used dur­ing floods,” Mr Bennett said.

PHOTO: MATTHEW MCIN­ER­NEY

UN­SAFE: Bur­nett MP Stephen Bennett, Elise Cot­tam, Bre­an­nan Tis­dell and John Cot­tam dis­cuss the state of Bunns Rd, Ap­ple Tree Creek, af­ter Bre­an­nan Tis­dell rolled her ve­hi­cle at the site.

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