THE high-speed link proposed road between Baffle Creek and Agnes Water will only benefit Baffle Creek if roads will still be maintained, according to Baffle Creek Progress Association president Dale Hicks.
As part of the Gladstone Regional Council's Our Place Our Plan document, roads connecting Agnes Water and Seventeen Seventy with Turkey Beach in the north and Baffle Creek in the south are up for discussion – and some residents are not happy with the proposed routes.
Mrs Hicks has reservations about the new link after she was told 11 years ago by the Miriam Vale council that if the road was introduced Baffle Creek would lose maintenance on all other roads.
“It's a good idea, don't get me wrong, but I'm weighing up the options,” she said.
The Gladstone Regional Council refused to comment on what the Miriam Vale council had said.
Council did say that in the 2010-2011 budget there was about $2 million allocated to proactive maintenance, such as gravel resheeting.
Residents of The Cove acreage estate on the outskirts of Agnes Water were shocked to discover the proposal to go right through their sleepy hideaway.
Aurelio Allegritti, who has recently completed his home on Streeter Drive in the Cove Estate, said he was dismayed to discover the quiet country drive was earmarked by the council as part of the preferred option. “Being a landowner I am naturally concerned about the increase in noise and air pollution if this proposal went ahead,” Mr Allegritti said.
Council allocated $180,000 in this month's budget for a feasibility study.