Residents of Cottons Road with Cr Bill Ludwig inspect damage done to their road by heavy truck usage.
Residents of Cottons Road with Cr Bill Ludwig inspect damage done to their road by heavy truck usage. File

State should pay: Cr Ludwig

ROCKHAMPTON Regional Councillor Bill Ludwig yesterday called the State Government “shameful” for refusing to pay almost $200,000 for damage caused to two Yeppoon Roads.

Cottons and Dowlings roads sustained major damage during the construction of the new Yeppoon Hospital.

But yesterday the State Government refused to take any responsibility, saying it was an issue between the private contractor who did the construction work, Woollam Constructions, and council.

The state’s Health, Infrastructure and Planning Department Deputy Director General Michael Walsh said road transport was the responsibility of the contractor.

“Queensland Health has communicated with the local council providing the contact details of the contractor. It’s now an issue to be settled between the two parties,” he said.

A spokesperson from Rockhampton Regional Council said the issue was briefly raised at Tuesday’s council meeting and a report will be prepared detailing the damage and recommendations for council to enforce.

Cr Ludwig said State Government had sunk to a new low in both lack of honesty and riding ‘rough-shod’ over ratepayers.

“Last April Queensland Health and Project Services allowed private contractors to dump thousands of tons of soil from the new Yeppoon Hospital site on a rural private property in Dowlings Road without applying for any of the appropriate permits,” he said.

“A private developer would have been required to comply with a raft of conditions including repairing any damage to local roads.”

Member for Keppel Paul Hoolihan did not wish to comment on the issue when contacted by The Morning Bulletin yesterday.

A project manager for Woollam Constructions refused to comment.



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