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Residents enraged by four year wait on creek crossing repair

Helen Hatton and her Wandoan neighbours have waited four years for Western Downs Regional Council to fix the flood-damaged Bungaban Creek crossing.
Helen Hatton and her Wandoan neighbours have waited four years for Western Downs Regional Council to fix the flood-damaged Bungaban Creek crossing. Jim Campbell

FOR more than four years Wandoan's Bungaban Creek Crossing has been in desperate need of flood repairs and local road users say they have "had a gutful" of waiting.

Community leader Bill Blackley, who was presented with the Regional Citizen of the Year Award on Australia Day, said since the crossing was first damaged in early 2010, promises of repairs had repeatedly been made and broken by the council.

"It's been patched up and smoothed out a little bit but it will still tear the bottom out of a gear box if you cross at any more than 20kmh," he said.

"The road has a hell of a lot of use and had a hell of a hammering by gas company vehicles and yet it just gets ignored."

"Gas companies have even offered to fix it up but the council assured us it was being done as part of flood works in the area."

Helen Hatton, who lives with her husband and three children on the other side of Bungaban Creek, said it came down to a matter of safety.

Mrs Hatton said the crossing was so unreliable locals did not want the school bus travelling across it and instead they dropped their children at the other side of the creek.

"In July last year we were told the project was with council's designers.

"But now we've been told we're just getting a concrete slab and a bit of bitumen.

"We just want something reliable.

"I think it's been put in the 'too hard' basket. It needs to go into the 'it's getting fixed' basket.

"They've had four years to do something. Just give us a good bridge and we'll be happy. We've already waited long enough."

Western Downs Regional Council received a petition from fed-up road users on the issue.

Chinchilla News approached the council for an explanation on May 2, but the council has still not responded.

Topics:  flood repairs, road works, wandoan, western downs regional council


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