Runnymede's Candice William's is fed up with the poor condition of roads. Photo Kate Darvall/ South Burnett Times
Runnymede's Candice William's is fed up with the poor condition of roads. Photo Kate Darvall/ South Burnett Times Kate Darvall

Candice is fed up with the dangerous condition of her road

RUNNYMEDE woman Candice Williams is forced to drive on a dangerous road laced with potholes, ditches and rocks, and she says there's more at stake than just money.

"My kid, who will be three in February, is often with me in the car," Ms Williams said.

She said navigating Scotts Ln was difficult, but putting her toddler at risk made it so much worse.

"There are so many blind spots, and staying on the right side of the road is near impossible when you have to dodge the potholes," she said.

"I once went off the road trying to avoid a truck coming the other way.

"When I say it's dangerous, it's really dangerous." 

Runnymede's Candice William's is fed up with the poor condition of roads. Photo Kate Darvall/ South Burnett Times
Runnymede's Candice William's is fed up with the poor condition of roads. Photo Kate Darvall/ South Burnett Times Kate Darvall

She said she already lost a vehicle on the road.

"It bent the axle and the car went down a ditch," Ms Williams said.

Ms Williams said the road had also cost her thousands of dollars.

"I've had to replace tyres on my vehicle twice. The struts needed replacing because of the bumping," she said.

"It was cheaper to get another car in the end - a smaller one to try and squeeze through the potholes.

"So we're looking at about eight grand or so."

Ms Williams said she had no option but to rely on Scotts Ln to reach her house.

"It's really the only road I can use. If you go the other way, you have to cross a creek," she said.

"My car would sink in that creek."

She said both she and her fiancé loved the area, but the dangerous roads pushed them to the brink.

"We recently went to see our real estate to talk about selling," she said.

"But the market's so bad right now we can't afford to lose $50,000 if we sell.

"We love the area, but it's just doing so much damage." 

Runnymede's Candice William's is fed up with the poor condition of roads. Photo Kate Darvall/ South Burnett Times
Runnymede's Candice William's is fed up with the poor condition of roads. Photo Kate Darvall/ South Burnett Times Kate Darvall

Ms Williams said opening her rates notice in the mail was a real slap in the face.

"It's just so frustrating when you open your rates and you see the roads levy," she said.

The Runnymede local said she'd done everything in her power to act, but to no avail.

"I've been trying to get the council to do something for six months - phone calls, mail and email," she said.

"Nothing's being done."

South Burnett Regional Council roads portfolio councillor Damien Tessmann acknowledged there was an issue with some South Burnett roads, but said the $6million yearly budget for grading unsealed roads was stretched thin.

However, he said safety was a first priority.

"If it's a safety issue, a really serious one, we'll take the closest crew and bring them out to do the job. People's lives are the priority," he said.

Cr Tessmann welcomed people's feedback and said he would follow up Ms Williams' complaint himself.

"It's not good enough if we're not getting back to people. I will follow that up," he said.

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