Rob Messenger inspects the road hindering access to properties off Tableland Road with resident George Pauza.
Rob Messenger inspects the road hindering access to properties off Tableland Road with resident George Pauza. Submitted

Road fix needed

A DESPERATE plea from an elderly Rosedale couple to fix a road leading to their property has seemingly gone unanswered by Gladstone Regional Council.

Joan Frith, who requires kidney dialysis three times a week, was forced from her home with husband Errol when recent flooding caused significant damage to a road used to link properties off Tableland Road, where they live.

The wash-outs on the road cut access to their property, which placed the health of Mrs Frith at risk, and the couple has been staying at a Bundaberg motel for the past four weeks.

“Not being able to take Joan to get her dialysis three times a week would be a life-threatening situation for her,” Mr Frith said.

But Gladstone mayor Gail Sellers has denied the council is responsible for the unnamed road, despite old maps identifying its existence.

“There is an unnamed road reserve running from the highway back to their property,” Cr Sellers said.

“We have no obligation to build or construct a road on a road reserve.”

Member for Burnett Rob Messenger accused the council of being “un-Australian”.

“I didn't think it would be this hard after a natural disaster to simply get a council to run a grader up these pensioners' road,” Mr Messenger said.

Mr Frith said before council amalgamation, the former Miriam Vale Shire Council had chipped in with other residents to conduct repairs on the road.

“There's no doubt about it that the council owns the land,” he said.

“We'd be happy to take ownership if council will adjust our title.”

Mr Messenger said if the council insisted on washing its hands of the problem, he would call upon the community to make the road passable.

“I'll do what Campbell Newman did and put a call out to the community to help – but it shouldn't have to come to that,” he said.



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