Shannon Gnech stands where her car was damaged in a pothole – now filled – on Dean Street.
Shannon Gnech stands where her car was damaged in a pothole – now filled – on Dean Street. Sharyn Oneill

Drivers rest easier as giant pothole fixed

A GIANT pothole on a busy Rockhampton street might have claimed its last victim.

The hole, in Dean St, is thought to have caused hundreds of dollars of damage to cars and the wrath of owners who crashed through it.

But council workers patched it up yesterday, sadly not before Shannon Gnech’s Holden Epica had blown a tyre and sustained a smashed wheel rim. And as she pulled over to change the tyre, she saw nine other cars smash through the same hole.

After contacting Rockhampton Regional Council to lodge a claim, Shannon said she was told by a council investigator that she was the fourth person to make a complaint.

Yesterday she was dismayed to see it was still there as she drove to work, but was happy to see some repair works had been done by the time she drove home.

But she said the pothole had been there for some weeks and should have been fixed sooner.

“If there are four complaints about an area that is causing damage to people’s vehicles, doesn’t the council have a responsibility to the community to repair that before it causes more damage?” Shannon asked.

Shannon said she’d only had her Holden Epica for about three months before the pothole smashed her tyre and said she wasn’t the only one she knew to be hit by it.

“When I got home that night my neighbour was parked in the driveway with a flat tyre as well,” Shannon said.

A council spokeswoman said the hole had been the result of some work done on the construction of the new IGA store on Dean St.

She said yesterday’s repairs had been temporary but works would continue today and it should be completely fixed by tomorrow. She said a previous attempt to fix the hole had not worked, but expected tomorrow’s work to solve the problem.



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