Vicki McArthur says corrugations in the dirt road outside her house are a danger to traffic.
Vicki McArthur says corrugations in the dirt road outside her house are a danger to traffic. ALLAN REINIKKA AR

In a Huff over trailer

VICKI McArthur’s mobile grooming business is called Mad Dog, and that pretty much sums up her feelings about the state of the road she lives on.

She blames the corrugations in Huff Street, Gracemere, for ruining her trailer. And she’s threatening to sue Rockhampton Regional Council if her vehicles sustain more damage.

The unsealed road is, she claims, one of the state’s worst and in desperate need of repair.

“My $21,000 trailer literally shook itself to pieces. The bottom fell out and it rolled over, and I was only travelling at 10kmh at the time. It’s impossible to go any faster on this road,” she said.

“I was lucky not to have been killed. I was travelling on the highway a few minutes before and if the trailer had collapsed then I would not be here today.”

Vicki complained to the council, threatening to seek legal advice to sue for the cost of repairs.

“I got the trailer manufacturers to come up from Brisbane to look at it and they said it was the first complaint they had received. They blamed the road too.”

She said Huff Street’s loose dirt surface kicked up dust clouds every time a vehicle ran along it. “No doors or windows can be left open because the dust ends up through the house.

“What exactly do we get for our rates? We have no town water, no drainage and the road is rubbish,” she said.

Cr Stephen Schwarten, chair of the council’s infrastructure committee, told The Morning Bulletin if the weather allowed, the street would be visited by a maintenance crew before Christmas.

“The nature of unsealed roads inevitably results in deterioration of the running service between maintenance activities,” he said.

He said drivers on unsealed roads should know road conditions would vary, as the surface deteriorated with time, and drive accordingly.

The council approved a policy that a dirt road must be used by at least 150 vehicles a day before it was considered as a candidate for sealing.



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