Bunns Rd in focus
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.
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.