A man checks the depth of a hole on a causeway near Upper Ulam. Photo Allan Reinikka / The Morning Bulletin
A man checks the depth of a hole on a causeway near Upper Ulam. Photo Allan Reinikka / The Morning Bulletin Allan Reinikka

Upper Ulam residents fed up with lack of action

FLOODS have once again cut off the small hamlet of Upper Ulam after washing away the only access road into the town, 30km south of Rockhampton.

Many of its residents are angry the council has long forgotten them as they are once again cut off from the major city.

"The last time any real work was done here was two years ago after an elderly man died while trying to cross the flooded causeway which is washed away regularly," resident Barbara Stewart said yesterday.

The elderly man, Alan Kane, who was aged 81 at the time, was driving his ute across the flooded causeway when it was washed away.

Police divers later recovered the body after the vehicle was swept into Station Creek.

And Mrs Stewart said she and others had repeatedly asked the Rockhampton Regional Council to fix the causeway rather just applying band-aid measures after each flooding.

"Our concerns are just falling on deaf ears because no one from the council is listening," Mrs Stewart said.

"Last time the causeway flooded we were cut off from Rockhampton for three weeks.

"Our kids couldn't get to school and basic needs such as fresh food, milk, bread and toilet paper couldn't be delivered because the trucks couldn't get through either.

"Most people living here need to drive into Rocky to work because most of the properties people live on are only 40 acres and not big enough to make a living from.

"And the law won't allow us to subdivide our land so we have to come into town and work.

"The council is quick to send out their rates bill and want to collect our money, but not do anything for it.

"All we are asking for is to raise the causeway up high enough so that when it floods people and supplies can get through.

"With all of the money they spend on patch-up jobs and quick fixes we could have it raised up by now."

Mrs Stewart and her husband and children have lived in the tiny town for the past eight years and have been cut off from the "rest of the world" several times in that period.

"The longest was three weeks and if the rain keeps falling at its present rate, I can see us being cut off all of this coming week," Mrs Stewart said.

"We are all just fed up with the situation and we need the council to just fix it."



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