Duck­pond Road needs re­pair­ing

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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.

PHOTO: JODIE DIXONBIT120716DUCKPOND07

DUCK­POND RD: Kee­gan Slater uses the road daily and says it is un­safe.

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