Frank Garrett is concerned about street lights in Bargara which aren’t working, but council says it is working on a solution.
Frank Garrett is concerned about street lights in Bargara which aren’t working, but council says it is working on a solution. Mike Knott

Elements keeping town in the dark

FRANK Garrett feels a little let down and certainly in the dark — and he’s not talking about the 2010 election campaign.

The pensioner’s early morning walks along the Bargara foreshore have been cloaked in more darkness than they should be, with a number of street lights along the foreshore not working.

“They’ve got part of the streetscape lit up and then at night, up past the newer streetscape, the lights turn off,” he said.

“There are stacks of them which are not working.

“Actually, it was at Christmas time when I noticed they were not working.”

Mr Garrett said the lack of illumination made his morning walk slightly difficult.

“Often they are over the road and someone could get hurt because they would not see anything,” he said.

Mr Garrett said he was also worried that someone might be injured crossing the road because of the poor lighting.

Bundaberg regional councillor Greg Barnes said the delay in fixing the lighting had happened because of ongoing problems with maintaining the light poles and lights due to the harsh environment.

“Council staff are trialling new, more electrically efficient, environmentally and turtle friendly LED lights in other areas, so new LED lights are being investigated as to their suitability for installation at Bargara,” he said.

“Corrosion-resistant light poles are also being investigated.

“Local companies have been sourced who can supply the stainless steel light poles at a saving to ratepayers.”

Cr Barnes said the council would work towards finding a solution, but could not say when the lighting problems would be fixed.

Health and environmental services spokesperson Mary Wilkinson said the council was being mindful of the maintenance costs involved on the foreshore.

“We have seen some presentations on very interesting and innovative ideas and these are being looked at to cut down on maintenance,” she said.



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