Boyne Valley takes demands to council ahead of budget
IN THE lead-up to next week's budget announcement, Boyne Valley residents have demanded the rural community not be forgotten by Gladstone Regional Council.
About 15 Boyne Valley residents attended a Councillor Connect public meeting with Cr Col Chapman at Nagoorin Hall on Thursday, and asked that their ongoing request for better roads and facilities be included in next week's budget.
Parents and grandparents who attended the meeting said the need for playground facilities in the area was dire, as the only playground in Nagoorin was a skate park that had no shade.
Flooding of the Gladstone to Monto Rd where it adjoins Awoonga Dam was again raised by residents, who said they were regularly flooded in during heavy rains because of dam overflow.
Builyan residents Frank and Barb McKee said while they understood council and State Government needed to work together to have rural roads improved, the council needed to fight harder for funding to fix roads in their area.
Residents said they had raised issues with the council for years, through Councillor Connect meetings and other forums. But there has been little action, according to some angry residents.
"There's half a dozen Councillor Connect meetings we've been to and raised the lack of road funding, playground issues and (our request for access to) the Many Peaks Dam, and nothing's been done," said Mr McKee.
Cr Chapman discussed the issues for more than two hours with the group and with individuals, and provided an update on issues including weed control activities in the area.
He undertook to represent the Boyne Valley residents' concerns in the upcoming council meeting on Tuesday.
BOYNE VALLEY NEEDS
- Gladstone to Monto Rd upgrade to prevent regular flooding
- More regular grass slashing for visibility and aesthetic reasons
- Road safety signs at key trouble spots
- Picnic tables and facilities to encourage tourists to stop
- Children's playground