Im­prov­ing the in­ter­sec­tion

Isis Town and Country - - Opinion -

MARY Daniels should know that for some time I have been ac­tive in try­ing to have the Bux­ton Rd high­way in­ter­sec­tion im­proved. In the last com­mu­ni­ca­tion I had with Mr Pitt at his Childers Pitt Stop, he said he had is­sues to con­sider, such as chil­dren at an­other lo­ca­tion. The next day I ad­vised him that he may not know, but chil­dren from Bux­ton also trav­elled through this bad in­ter­sec­tion, and asked how he eval­u­ated that some chil­dren were more im­por­tant than oth­ers. Mr Pitt has not had the de­cency to even re­spond to this. If a bridge was to be put across the Bur­rum at the site sug­gested in 1888, some very se­ri­ous work would have to be done on Bux­ton Rd it­self. Ex­tra traf­fic, all sorts of ve­hi­cle weights – th­ese is­sues have to be thought about. Bet­ter still, there might be other road ease­ments that could take one across to the Good­wood Rd, again more ma­jor work, and most of th­ese projects are only ever half done. Mind you, be­ing a Bux­ton res­i­dent, I might not mind this, as the huge va­ri­ety of op­tions opens up – shop­ping, eat­ing out at evenings, fly­ing to Syd­ney ... the list goes on. So in 1888, not much his­tory of the Bur­rumba-New­port area has been ex­am­ined. I am in the process of col­lect­ing back­ground de­tail. What you find is his­tor­i­cal facts tend to not go along with to­day’s con­cepts, the same as Bund­aberg, and be­cause two roads once aligned, it might not mean a bridge was pro­posed. True, it was deep wa­ter, the nar­row­ness, rock shelv­ing, but what other fac­tors have to be con­sid­ered. This area was sub­ject to the in­flu­ences of the ISIS In­vest­ment Com­pany that had a very strong de­sire to use the Bur­rum for coal ship­ments. So sail­ing ves­sels were used. You can find govern­ment coal con­tracts that were ful­filled from the Howard fields. This group had much political cap­i­tal­ist clout – all you have to do is look at the names on the prospec­tus. It ap­pears that the name New­port that was se­lected by the govern­ment in favour of Bur­rumba was “hi­jacked” by pri­vate en­ter­prise, even us­ing the same sur­veyor Charl­ton. Even a wa­ter pipe from the Isis River Dam was bud­geted for. It never hap­pened, and I am sure the govern­ment was not go­ing to pay for a pipe­line to favour a few an­cient de­vel­op­ers. Peo­ple to­day do not know that once, “sail­ing di­rec­tions” for rivers were pub­lished. The Bur­rum River starts in 1875, and con­cludes in 1901. The Isis In­vest­ment Com­pany ceased just be­fore 1900, ow­ing money. An­other name I found in­ter­est­ing was Hur­ley in 1882. An old ar­ti­cle of 1882 is worth a read. A John Hur­ley and a Robert Jones had se­lec­tion 1090, of about 2580 acres, just around the cor­ner of the Isis River. What be­came of the Bur­rum Coal Com­pany I do not know. Smith and Noakes had proper go­ing to­wards the Gre­gory, and it is from this se­lec­tion that the land where Bux­ton now stands came from by means of sub­di­vid­ing and on-sell­ing to the Isis In­vest­ment Com­pany, who were re­spon­si­ble for the di­vid­ing up into 270 lots. The re­serve for the town­ship on the Bur­rum River was gazetted in 1881. I do not think that a bridge would have been per­mit­ted whilst there was trade in coal be­ing un­der­taken. But in to­day’s cir­cles, Mr Pitt has been a dis­ap­point­ing fail­ure. At least other peo­ple have en­sured the am­ber light at the in­ter­sec­tion of the high­way and the Bux­ton Rd that had not been work­ing for some time is to be fixed. MERV HOP­TON Bux­ton

Merv Hop­ton I have been ac­tive on try­ing to have the Bux­ton Road High­way In­ter­sec­tion im­proved

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