Newspaper article The Morning Bulletin (Rockhampton, Australia)

Rough Road Costing Locals Real Fortune in New Tyres; Council Says Bobs Creek Rd Ear-Marked for Bitumen Sealing

Newspaper article The Morning Bulletin (Rockhampton, Australia)

Rough Road Costing Locals Real Fortune in New Tyres; Council Says Bobs Creek Rd Ear-Marked for Bitumen Sealing

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Byline: Vanessa Jarrett Vanessa.Jarrett@capnews.com.au

A BAJOOL resident is angry about the poor state of a dirt road which he claims is one of the worst in Central Queensland.

Luke Murray lives on Bobs Creek Rd, just outside of Bajool, and claims the road is in a "very poor condition".

Mr Murray claimed there were sections of bitumen on the road that were "just shocking".

Over the years, Mr Murray has seen the road graded and repaired several times but claimed the last few repairs had been very "ordinary".

He said the last few grades carried out in the last three years seemed to deteriorate a lot quicker and often needed re-doing.

Mr Murray thinks the last time the road was repaired would have been a year ago.

In the past year since, the road has gone downhill very quickly and any repair work carried out was "sub-standard".

"When they do repair it, it seems to not be a very good job," Mr Murray said.

"It's a lot rockier and sharp."

The poor road condition has taken a toll on Mr Murray's four-wheel drive. "My tyre bill is a little bit embarrassing at the moment," he said.

At one stage, he was going through a new tyre every week-and-a-half, Mr Murray claimed.

"There was a period when it was just crazy," he said.

"It's really annoying, you keep forking out money for new tyres and you shouldn't be."

Mr Murray said it was common knowledge between locals how bad the road was.

"People don't visit us any more because they know it wrecks their tyres," he said.

"They travel a lot on dirt roads and say ours is worse."

Mr Murray and his wife Rebecca have three young children who catch the school bus, which was another concern.

"It is always a worry, if there is a car coming towards you, you have to stop so they can pass," he said.

"You want the road to be in good condition for a school bus. …

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