Gravel detour, unfixed road vex park owner

The Head Rd has been closed since the Australia Day floods and tourists are not impressed with the gravel detour to get from Boonah to Killarney.
The Head Rd has been closed since the Australia Day floods and tourists are not impressed with the gravel detour to get from Boonah to Killarney.

"I DON'T want it to become the forgotten road" is is what Queen Mary Falls Caravan and Tourist Park owner Louise Reed has to say about the Head Rd.

That important thoroughfare has been closed at the Head since the Australia Day floods and the gravel detour into New South Wales has not impressed tourists.

"We are hearing lots of rumours about the road, a lot saying it will never reopen," Mrs Reed said.

"We've had so many complaints about the detour road and many people have said they will never use it again.

"The detour is gravel, which means motorbikes won't use it and people in cars are hesitant."

Mrs Reed said she was unsure what to tell customers about the road.

"I haven't heard anything from the council," she said.

"We don't know how long it's going to take to fix.

"We've lost customers because they've reached the 'road closed' signs and thought they couldn't get here, so they went home."

Mrs Reed said the road was an asset to the region and would be devastated if it never re-opened.

"It's a part of Killarney, it's full of history," she said.

"It's such beautiful country it would be a shame to miss out on seeing it.

"This road is part of the whole picture for the Southern Downs, not just Killarney."

A spokesman for Scenic Rim Regional Council said they were still assessing the road.

"We will shortly receive the results of a geotechnical engineering report," he said.

"This report will provide essential information related to slope and soil stability along the road.

"The results will heavily inform council's determination on the extent of repair works required, as well as an expected time frame for these works to occur."

The spokesman said the safety of the travelling public remained council's primary concern and they appreciated road users' patience while these necessary assessments were done.

The council understood the importance of Head Rd as a vital link for residents and businesses and was working towards reopening the road as quickly as possible.

Mrs Reed said if the road could not reopen, the detour would have to be bitumened.

"Because the road detour goes in and out of NSW three times I think it would be difficult to get anything done with it," she said.

Tenterfield Shire Council was unable to provide the Daily News with a response about the road.



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