Puncture passage: Damaged dirt roads spark rage
ONE Allora resident has shared his frustration at the state of roads around the region.
Col Willett, who lives on Hillside Rd, said many of dirt roads were being neglected by Southern Downs Regional Council.
He claimed the gravel surface laid down by the council on his own street had led to six punctures in a two week period, while dust rising from road was causing visibility issues.
"The punctures are solely due to the rubbish powdery gravel they are using which consists of very sharp stone and a dusty clay-like substance," Mr Willett said.
"They just grade the muck and when you drive over it, the dust rises up and you can barely see anything.
"I was told by council engineering staff that the gravel has been treated with chemicals and we don't know what's in it, so we're worried about it getting in our tanks and contaminating our water because that's our only source of drinking water."
Mr Willett said rainfall could pool up to a foot deep, while large roadside culverts also left little room for vehicles to pass safely.
"We're on top of the hill and water just runs straight down and cuts channels in the road," he said.
"The gravel that they're using just gets slippery, so if a car tries to brake it will just keep on sliding.
"We have a Volkswagen Golf which is quite low to the ground and we can't pass another car safely just by moving into roadside because of the deep gullies on either side of the road."
Mr Willett claimed he had lodged a petition with the council for the road to be assessed five years ago, but never received a response.
He said after contacting SDRC again in January, he was disappointed no clear timeframe was given on just when the road may be fixed.
Mayor Tracy Dobie said she had only heard from Mr Willett on the issue and said the council had a responsibility to prioritise works on the region's roads.
She said she was not aware of any contamination issues from chemicals used to treat the gravel.
"Council is always assessing roads and perform works to a maintenance schedule," Cr Dobie said.
"Where someone raises an issue like in this instance, a supervisor will go and assess the site as soon as it is possible.
"Council doesn't have the resources to respond to every report as soon as it's made.
"We have to look at it from the perspective of the whole region and ensure the highest priority is dealt with first."