Funding falls on deaf ears

BOGGY: Governments cannot justify upgrading this 39km stretch of gravel road. cont
BOGGY: Governments cannot justify upgrading this 39km stretch of gravel road. cont

THE Clarke Creek community’s cries for infrastructure upgrades have gone unnoticed by State and Federal governments.

The small but vibrant rural community is in dire need of road upgrades and telecommunication services, but has been told it does not meet government funding criteria.

“We don’t stand a chance because we don’t have a big community,” Clarke Creek Reference Group co-founder Lynise Conaghan said.

“We’ve been quite proactive but we’re continually hitting brick walls.”

She said the community’s top priority was raising the single-lane bridge over the Isaac River, which is flooded for about 10 per cent of the year, and laying bitumen on the 39 km rough gravel stretch of the May Downs Road.

School children are deprived of an education during floods, reportedly missing eight consecutive weeks of school at the beginning of the year.

But the community has been told it is not a priority because they don’t “have the numbers to warrant infrastructure”.

“That road is impacting school enrolments, education, and our aged population,” Ms Conaghan said.

She said that despite being hit with rates rises, the community was still not getting any infrastructure upgrades.

“The frustrating thing is we have two Telstra towers in the community (but) they’ve told us we weren’t commercially viable to warrant mobile services.”

“There’s nothing here, and it’s just inequitable.”

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