GARY'S WISH: Zilzie resident, Gary Foale said he had hoped the upgrade to Coorooman Creek Road would be completed as soon as possible after it was originally set for completion last year.
GARY'S WISH: Zilzie resident, Gary Foale said he had hoped the upgrade to Coorooman Creek Road would be completed as soon as possible after it was originally set for completion last year. Contributed

Desperate wait to fix 'atrocious' CQ road causing chaos

GARY Foale says the road into Coorooman Creek is atrocious.

Two weeks ago, he was travelling along Svendsen Road on the Capricorn Coast when the axel on his trailer broke.

It had become fractured near the right-hand side wheel.

Gary found himself stuck on the side of the road until a friend was able to assist him.

The Zilzie man uses the road quite regularly and said the road knocks vehicles around.

"It does more damage to trailers and cars than imaginable," he said.

The fisherman is calling for decent access to the popular family fishing spot.

"I would just like to hear confirmation that it's definitely going to be done."

Gary and his friends travel on the road to go fishing and crabbing twice a week, also bringing along his grandchildren.

Nearby residents have been waiting since June last year for the road to be sealed.

"I know a quick grade was done well before the school holidays and it hasn't been touched since," he said.

"The amount of traffic that travels on that road daily is pretty astounding and I feel sorry for the people that live so close by with the dust, it's just in a really bad state."

Livingstone Shire Council mayor, Bill Ludwig has commented on the completion of the upgrade, saying the shovel-ready project was on track to be underway in June this year.

The sealing of the final two kilometres of Svendsen Road will be fully completed in August.

Council was successful late last year in its application to obtain funding for the project.

"The realignment and sealing of this final section of Svendsen Road had been a high-priority project for council, and we believed it met all of the requirements for funding under the State Government's Works for Queensland program," Mayor Ludwig said.

Mayor Ludwig said council "submitted its funding application last year for $1.7 million to complete the project and, with the strong ongoing support of the State Member Brittany Lauga was successful in securing the required funding."

The project would also boost recreational fishing as well as tourism.

Cr Ludwig said road upgrades to Coorooman Creek would improve overall access and usage of the popular recreational area and generate "long-term tourism jobs and growth".

It would also deliver "a safer, dust-free environment for both recreational users and nearby local residents".



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