COUNCIL UPGRADES: South Burnett councillor Gavin Jones said road upgrades didn't just happen overnight. Picture: Michael Nolan
COUNCIL UPGRADES: South Burnett councillor Gavin Jones said road upgrades didn't just happen overnight. Picture: Michael Nolan

Public makes multiple complaints about road upgrades

THE subject of improving roads across the region is consistently discussed by the South Burnett Regional Council.

In the past 12 months the council has graded more than 500 roads, with each road to receive a second round of resealing in 2020.

During the November council meeting deputy mayor Kathy Duff said there was one thing she was consistently challenged on in regards to the road upgrades.

“I just wanted to say that with the resealing, I have had people complain to me that council have just wrecked the bitumen road,” Cr Duff said.

“I have had to get back to them and get the general manager to put out a press release about the preparation work for the resealing because there has been some negativity for why they have destroyed our roads.

“They want to know why is the gap before they reseal?” she said.

Division two councillor Gavin Jones said the process didn’t happen overnight, which was what could cause the angst towards the council.

“Our crews go through and do the prep work so it does take time,” Cr Jones said.

“Unfortunately at times when we do the preparation work, the graders do take bitumen away from the edges.

“They see that and their first response is, ‘is that all you are going to do?’”

“But when they get in contact with me and I explain that that is the process, they are all quite happy,” she said.

Cr Jones said he was grateful for the support from his fellow councillors over the past 12 months as they made the upgrades across the region.

“I’m not going to sit here and say our road network is perfect,” Cr Jones said.

“We all make mistakes and we are aware of that.

“A 90–95 per cent improvement over the past few years is not bad.

“We will continue to fund the improvements into next year’s budget and this will improve things dramatically,” he said.

At the November council meeting, Cr Jones also said that roadside slashing was banned until the severe weather conditions subsided.

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