Duckpond Road needs repairing
KEEGAN Slater has spent years protesting and worrying about one particular stretch of road near his home that he says is an “accident waiting to happen”.
The Gin Gin man uses Duckpond Rd every day to travel to and from his home with his family and said the thin rural road was badly maintained and in need of a major update.
“The main concern is the safety issue. It’s a school bus route but the road isn’t wide enough for a school bus .
“Trees are always fallen over the road. I think it is just a matter of time before one lands on a school bus.”
Mr Slater said the road was so badly damaged that he estimated he would need an average of one new tyre per week for his cars and would spend hundreds on repairs every month.
Bundaberg Regional Council Roads and Drainage spokesman Cr Wayne Honor said maintenance and grading work was under way.
He said, while the works would help to maintain the road, a major upgrade was not in the plan of the current three-year forward works program .
“It should be noted that the priority of this project is relatively low compared to other projects on council’s Capital Works Project list as council has no reason to believe the road is unsafe,” he said.
“A surface upgrade of Duckpond Rd remains listed on council’s Capital Works project program however the availability of funding remains the prime consideration in the allocation of such work.”
Mr Slater said he was not happy with the way the council was maintaining the road and said the current roadworks would be of no help in months to come when the road deteriorated again.
“It should be bitumen and the road widened so that if a vehicle needs to move out of the way of another vehicle,” he said.
He has taken his fight to Facebook, setting up an event page to petition more maintenance to Duckpond Rd and other roads within the region.
To view Mr Slater’s page go to www.facebook. com/events /16433111559 91651/
The council encourages residents to report any specific safety concerns by calling 1300 883 699.
DUCKPOND RD: Keegan Slater uses the road daily and says it is unsafe.