‘FIX OUR ROAD’: RES­I­DENT’S PLEA

Coun­cil­lor re­sponds af­ter woman speaks out about ‘dan­ger­ous’ McLean Rd in Durong

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DI­ANNE Quaile-Cole­man loves ev­ery­thing about liv­ing in Durong, ex­cept one thing: her un­even, dan­ger­ous road which she says is in such bad con­di­tion, it has stopped her friends from vis­it­ing.

Now, she has called on the coun­cil to fix her road.

DI­ANNE Quaile-Cole­man loves liv­ing in the South Bur­nett re­gion but has stopped invit­ing friends to visit due to the con­di­tion of her road.

“We won’t have any friends come over be­cause some come in car­a­vans and it is too dan­ger­ous for them,” Mrs Quaile-Cole­man said.

“I won’t go of a night time or at dusk be­cause of the con­di­tions of the road.”

Mrs Quaile-Cole­man lives off McLean Rd at Durong and in Oc­to­ber joined the voices call­ing for the coun­cil to re­pair the road.

“There are washouts in the mid­dle of the road, the shoul­ders are break­ing away and the in­tegrity of the road is no longer there,” she said.

“It is an open road but you can’t drive like that.

“I drive any­thing from 10km/h to max­i­mum 60km/h, you are just creep­ing some of the way be­cause of the road and you don’t want to end up in a washout.

“Last week the postie that comes down three times a week landed in one of the washouts and snapped the wheel off his ve­hi­cle.”

Coun­cil­lor Gavin Jones, the South Bur­nett Re­gional Coun­cil rep­re­sen­ta­tive for roads and drainage, said McLean Rd would have a full for­ma­tion grade work­ing with a grader, wa­ter truck and roller.

Cr Jones said a crew was work­ing on up­grad­ing roads from Iron­pot and would move from north to north west through to McLean Rd, which would be re­paired as a mat­ter of ur­gency.

“I am very con­fi­dent that over 12 months we will see a re­mark­able im­prove­ment in our roads,” he said.

“Ev­ery road needs im­prove­ment and I am there for the peo­ple and un­der­stand their frus­tra­tion.”

PHOTO: CLAU­DIA WIL­LIAMS

CHANGE NEEDED: Di­anne Quaile-Cole­man wants to see change to McLean Rd at Durong.

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