Is­land pot­hole prob­lem Driv­ers fear us­ing roads

Townsville Bulletin - - News - by Alexis Gill­ham alexis. gill­ham@ townsville­bul­letin. com. au

LARGE pot­holes on Mag­netic Is­land roads are provi n g s o d a n g e r o u s s o me mo­torists are fear­ing for their safety ev­ery time they drive.

Bill Flavel, who has been op­er­at­ing taxis on the is­land for the past three years, said pot­holes more than half-ame­tre wide and 38 cen­time­tres deep were cost­ing him thou­sands in car re­pairs each year.

Mr Flavel said the dam­age caused to his taxis by the poor roads meant it was no longer vi­able to op­er­ate his busi­ness on the is­land.

‘‘ My car re­pairs have gone up 50 per cent ( in three years),’’ he said.

‘‘ Last year I had one re­pair job that cost me $ 2000.

‘‘ Petrol has al­ways been more ex­pen­sive on the is­land and peo­ple are can­celling their hol­i­days be­cause coun­cil is not keep­ing up main­te­nance so it’s not cost­ef­fec­tive to run the cabs.’’

The reg­u­lar road user said while he had no­ticed coun­cil main­te­nance pick up since Cy­clone Yasi, the re­pair work to the roads was not staying in­tact.

‘‘ As soon as they fix a pot­hole a car will drive over it and the pot­hole will come back,’’ he said.

‘‘ I don’t know whether they are not us­ing the right ma­te­rial or they are not mix­ing it prop­erly.’’

Mr Flavel said rocks had also f allen within cen­time­tres of his maxi taxi re­cently be­cause coun­cil had not kept up main­te­nance on the is­land since the cy­clone.

He said he was con­cerned for the safety of his driv­ers.

‘‘ No-one has been in­jured so far but I’m wor­ried it will hap­pen,’’ he said.

Tourism Op­er­a­tors and Busi­nesses Mag­netic Is­land c hai r woman Dr Li ndsay Simp­son agreed the sit­u­a­tion was dire and that pot­holes were not the only prob­lem with the is­land’s roads.

‘‘ The main road through Nelly Bay, Man­dalay Av­enue, has no gut­ter­ing so when it rains there is no run off or drainage,’’ she said.

‘‘ In Sooney St, op­po­site the school, there is oil across the road so when it gets wet it is re­ally slip­pery. ‘‘ There is also no light­ing.’’ Coun­cil In­fra­struc­ture Ser­vices di­rec­tor Neil Allen said coun­cil crews were work­ing o n t h e i s l a n d b u t w e t weather had pre­vented road re­pairs be­ing com­pleted.

‘‘ At this stage the re­pairs are tem­po­rary un­til con­di­tions dry out and more per­ma­nent work can be car­ried out,’’ he said.

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