Golf buggy burden to be resolved

Former director of Bargara Golf club Don Smith supports the idea of a permit that would allow golf buggies to be driven on the road.
Former director of Bargara Golf club Don Smith supports the idea of a permit that would allow golf buggies to be driven on the road. Scottie Simmonds

KEEN golfers who live just metres away from the Bargara Golf Club could find themselves in serious legal trouble if they try to drive their buggies down the road to take part in their favourite sport.

But now Bundaberg regional Councillor Greg Barnes is trying to get some sort of legal clarification that would allow golfers to make the drive to the club.

Cr Barnes has won support from the council to start negotiations with the police to get some sort of permit for golf buggies to make a short trip to the golf club.

He is particularly concerned about keen golfers who live in the Golf Links Estate at Bargara.

“They may only live 15 metres down the road or across the road, but they can’t drive their buggies that short distance on a public road to get to the club,” Cr Barnes said.

“They’re not even allowed to push their buggies down the road.”

Cr Barnes said the golfers faced a situation where they could register for a permit with Queensland Transport but were refused a permit by the police.

“At Coral Cove the buggies can cross the public road because the golf course is built around the road,” he said.

“But at Bargara the roads are built around the golf course.”

Cr Barnes said golfers had been talking to him about the issue for years.

“I’ve spoken to the police and they say there is no way they can issue a permit because of the possibility of legal action if someone gets hit by a car,” he said.

“But I’m sure we can negotiate something, like putting a flashing light on top of the buggy to alert motorists.

“Maybe we could get the council to designate a golf cart lane by painting a green line down the road or something.”

Cr Barnes said council officers would liaise with police over the issue and report back to the council.

“I’m not hopeful the police are going to approve it, but at least we will have a report with their reasons,” he said.

Keen golfer Don Smith, a former director of the Bargara Golf Club, said he fully supported the idea of some kind of permit for golf buggies.

“It makes sense,” he said.

“What’s the difference between a golf buggy and a mobility scooter?”

Mr Smith said people invested in buying a house in a housing estate near a golf course, then had to make expensive and inconvenient arrangements to get their golf buggies to the club.

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