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Boat blocks lane but it's not illegal, police say

A BOAT parked on the roadside at Bargara is causing community concern but Bargara Police say there's nothing they can do.

The boat is parked outside residences on the curb side of Whalley St.

The owners of the boat do not wish to be named but said it was too big to fit through to their backyard.

But a neighbour to the property, John Logan said that's because they have another boat in their backyard and described the situation as "a pain in the bum".

"I think everyone's got a right to complain," Mr Logan said.

The owners of the boat said they would have appreciated speaking to the people making the complaint in person, but declined comment on what they would say to them.

Mr Logan said the lack of visibility the boat created on the skinny road, and the way it blocked an entire lane of traffic made it an accident waiting to happen.

"One day someone's going to be pissed or whatever and won't see the thing and just smash straight into it," he said.

"You get cars and motorbikes coming along here doing well over bloody 100km/h."

Mr Logan said he had already encountered a close call, caused by the boat.

"I was coming back from the beach the other day and I was coming along there and (saw another car approaching), I thought will I drive onto the grass, because it was obvious the person coming the other way, driving to had no intention whatsoever in giving me right of way," he said.

"They were going around that boat even if they hit me."

Mr Logan said he was forced to drive onto the grass roadside to avoid the car.

Bargara Police Senior Constable Rick Gough confirmed the station was receiving many complaints about the boat.

"But there is nothing illegal about the way the boat is parked," Senior Const said.

"We've also made contact with the registered owner and the people who live there and advised them of the complaints but there is nothing illegal about it so there's nothing requiring them to move the boat at this stage."

The Bundaberg Regional Council's Roads and Drainage spokesman Tony Ricciardi said he didn't think the boat would be allowed to be parked there.

"Not on a permanent basis, I wouldn't think so," he said.

"There will be a policy on that one.

"It definitely can't stay there, that's for sure."

But when the council looked into its own policy, it turned out its juristrictions were the same as the police.

Topics:  bargara, boating, editors picks, parking




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