Residents still cut off

IT has been almost 48 hours and rushing water from recent rain still isolates Homestead Road residents from the Rose City.

Eight Homestead Road families realised they were cut off about 9am Sunday and while the waters have receding a little since then, Warwick is a four-wheel-drive journey away.

Angry resident Tania Weier said smaller cars were unable to tackle the running water across the cause-way.

“If you have a four-wheel-drive you can cross,” Mrs Weier said.

“The Southern Downs Regional Council (SDRC) still has a ‘road closed’ sign up but some of us have a way out now.”

Col Virgen has lived in Homestead Road for eight years and said he believed the locality of a sealed road equalled council’s priority.

“The cause-way divides Homestead Road into two, one side has a sealed road the other is a dirt road,” Mr Virgen said.

“We pay $1200 in rates per year and all we get is garbage (collection). We’ve all got bores and our own sewage so we don’t know what we’re getting for paying our rates.

“When it’s not raining we have a major dust problem and council has done nothing to fix it which is damaging our cars and now the rain is washing the road away.”

A SDRC spokeswoman said – at this stage – the Homestead Road crossing was not listed on council’s 10-year works plan.

“Mayor Ron Bellingham said there were a number of areas within the region that were suffering as a result of significant water flows from unseasonable rain,” the spokeswoman said.

“Capital works such as Homestead Road, are prioritised based on traffic flows, with those assessments carried out by officers on a regular basis.”


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