ON TARGET: A drilling rig has been operating in the middle of Beestons Road Moorlands. Photo: Mike Knott / NewsMail
ON TARGET: A drilling rig has been operating in the middle of Beestons Road Moorlands. Photo: Mike Knott / NewsMail Mike Knott

Drilling closes road

A MINING company closed a road in Moorlands while it drilled an exploratory hole in the surface of the road.

But the company, Fox Resources, claimed it had permission from Bundaberg Regional Council to drill the hole.

Cr Alan Bush, who investigated the matter, said the council had given permission to drill in the road reserve.

But he could not understand why the hole was bored in the middle of the road.

"Commonsense should prevail that you don't dig a hole in the middle of the road," he said.

"We've just spent a fair bit of money gravel sheeting the road, and they've come along and drilled in the middle of it."

Fox Resources managing director Paul Dunbar said they had intended to drill in the road reserve, but some unmapped Telstra cables and environmental buffer zones meant they had to move the site.

Bundaberg Mayor Mal Forman said In January Fox Resources contacted the council requesting permission to temporarily close a section of Beestons Rd.

A traffic management plan was submitted closing Beestons Rd past the access to the first residence on the road with road closed signs but allowing local access.

Cr Forman said the council was verbally advised that affected farmers had been advised and there were no issues if a farmer had to access along the road.

A spokesman for Mines Minister Andrew Cripps said they would investigate.