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$100,000 lost on the road to nowhere near Razorback Rd

Clem Clarke has been locked in a legal dispute with the Rockhampton Regional Council regarding road access to properties . Photo: Chris Ison / The Morning Bulletin
Clem Clarke has been locked in a legal dispute with the Rockhampton Regional Council regarding road access to properties . Photo: Chris Ison / The Morning Bulletin Chris Ison

IT'S understandable why Clem Clarke has road rage.

Mr Clarke said he'd spent "about $100,000" in his quest for an access road to be built to a lot of blocks in the Kabra area.

Despite his outlay, there's no new road, just waist-high grass and a road closed sign.

"It's just about wrecked me," said Mr Clarke, who drove from Bundaberg to Rockhampton to share his story with The Morning Bulletin last week.

The journey began seven years ago.

Mr Clarke, who was living in Rolleston at the time, bought the land located off the Razorback Rd.

He said at the time he contacted the council about an access road and was told he would be able to put one in.

In 2011, Mr Clarke sold the blocks of land on the understanding that he would put the road in, but the new owners would be responsible for its maintenance.

Mr Clarke said he spent close to $30,000 constructing the road in July that year.

But two days before the grading of the road was due to be complete, the council issued a show cause notice for unlawful road works.

Mr Clarke appealed the notice, and the matter went before the Planning and Environment Court in Brisbane last year.

This was settled out of court, with Mr Clarke agreeing to contribute $20,000 for the council to create an access road.

But more than a year later, Mr Clarke is frustrated that nothing has happened yet.

And while he no longer owns the land, Mr Clarke said his main concern was for the four owners who still haven't got access to their property.

"If I say I'm going to do something, I do it in good faith," Mr Clarke said.

Rockhampton Regional Council CEO Evan Pardon said they were negotiating the road's route, but nothing had been finalised.

"The easement route proposed under the deed is not practical due to the topography of the land and council is therefore in the process of determining an alternative route for the easement," he said.

"Council is hoping the alternative route and easement alignment will be finalised in the next few months, subject to negotiations with third parties."

Topics:  kabra razorback rd rockhampton regional council



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