Mayor hits back: ‘Yes, all we talk about is roads’
MAYOR Keith Campbell has hit back at people on social media, saying there was a very good reason “all the council does is talk about roads”.
Duringthe October council meeting, division 2 councillor Gavin Jones delivered the report for the roads and drainage portfolio.
“The issue with roads that has been written on social media and in the written press is that all the council talks about is roads,” the mayor said.
“Yes, 49 cents of every dollar that we spend is on roads.
“But look at the bigger picture,” he said.
“Roads represent the transport corridor which our agriculturists need in order to fulfil the economic drive that this council is making in terms of getting more water to enhance and create more water opportunities as far as production is concerned.
“As long as I sit in this seat, there will be a large emphasis on roads because it keeps the total strategy forward and positions us really well to be able to deliver on what we are talking about in our economic strategy,” he said.
Cr Jones said he was happy they would achieve the 12 month goal set out last year of the 3-4 year program to fix up the gravel and bitumen roads across the South Burnett region.
“I’m not going to tell the general public that what we are doing is perfect,” Cr Jones said.
“We still make mistakes and the expectation of the public sometimes exceeds what we can do on certain roads.
“But when we explain to them the plan, they understand.
“As we go further into our program, we haven’t forgotten about the bitumen reseals and the roads.
“We are trying to maintain them as best we can and eventually it will even out where both the bitumen and gravel roads will become a varying service commodity right across the region.”
He said after they started the listening tours 12 months ago, he made a commitment to the general public about improving the conditions of the roads across the region.
“We said we would have every gravel road attended to in some way shape or form in the next twelve months.
“That runs out in December and I am happy to say we are going to achieve that goal.
“We will have a few spare weeks, which is fantastic and a credit to all of the workers, both internally and externally,” he said.
“It’s a work in progress and it’s just a shame that it took a couple of years to get it to where it is now.
“We are finally starting to see the rewards after 12 months,” he said.
In September, Wilsons Road, Farmers Rd, O’Dea Rd and Red Hill Rd all received gravel resheeting and a heavy formation grade.
Shoulder maintenance was completed on Bunya Mountains Rd, Kingaroy Cooyar Rd and Kumbia Rd and the Wondai Proston Rd received pavement repairs.
Patrol grading was also completed at Alice Creek, Benair, Goodger, Gordonbrook, Haly Creek, Kingaroy, Kumbia, Mannuem and Taabinga.