Rain leaves hole lot of problems
AS you navigate your way around the new dips and pot holes on our streets from the rain, spare a thought for our country cousins stranded by unstable bridges and devastated roads.
Outside the Comet Store, on the corner of the Capricorn Highway, is a ditch that is affectionately known to locals as the Comet swimming pool.
The corner has had a rough few months with the rain leaving a permanent puddle of water in the hole, which has lifted the bitumen and left the surface looking worse for wear.
Comet Accommodation Park owners Peter and Bernie Burnett said they have been waiting six years for their roads to be fixed, with the rain only worsening the problem.
“Nobody knows how deep it is,” said Mr Burnett, adding people not familiar with the area tended to avoid turning there.
“It would be good if they could get the drainage right.
“We've been talking to council about getting something done for the last six years.”
Central Highlands Regional Council Mayor Peter Maguire said people would just have to be patient and persevere.
“We have roads still closed everywhere,” he said.
“When our workers can get to the roads, what they are trying to do is restore access to properties.
“We still haven't fixed some of the roads from the 2008 floods.”
Cr Maguire said the repair bill was looking to be around $8-10 million, which council would apply for through natural disaster relief funding from state and federal governments.
CHRC will still need to fork out the first $250,000.
Cr Maguire said he was shocked by the condition of some of the roads and bridges when he toured the Rolleston Orion region earlier this week.
“They are all stuffed,” he said.
“It's going to take ages to get them all repaired.
“Bridges need repairs... on the (council) website there is a photo of a guy standing in a hole and it's over his head.”
The photo was taken on Fairfield Road near Bauhinia where the road has been completely destroyed by flooding, cutting off property owners from town and supplies.
The photos of damaged roads around the Central Highlands were put on the website to give people living in town an idea of the conditions being faced by those living on properties.
“It's interesting for people to see what they are putting up with in the bush,” he said.
While Cr Maguire said damaged roads and pot holes in town would not be at the top of council's list of repairs, they would be repaired in time.
“It's a matter of prioritising things,” he said.
He also said he was familiar with the problem corner, but said there wasn't too much council could do in the near future.
“Kerbing and channelling is not going to fix it either,” he said.
“There needs to be somewhere for the water to go.
“It is an inconvenience for a lot of people but we have to prioritise what we are fixing.”
The corner was bitumened several years ago to stop dust flying into the cafe, but that was a short-lived solution.
“The soil there is really hard,” he said.
“It (the bitumen) started breaking up about four days after it was finished, when a couple of trucks drove over it.
“The workers couldn't get rid of the low spot as they didn't have the right equipment.
“They did the best job they could with the equipment they had.”
Mr Burnett said ideally he would like to see the corner have kerbing and channelling.