Aramara church driveway blocked
THE BAFFLING mystery of the little church on the hill at Aramara had the local priest in a spin yesterday.
After he received a phone call in the morning, Maryborough’s parish priest Paul Kelly hightailed it up the highway to Aramara, an hour west of Maryborough, to rid his Lady of the Way church of some uninvited bollards.
Father Kelly’s emergency mission came in the wake of the puzzling phone call telling him “what looked like some council workers” had hammered in a couple of posts and a barrier across the steep driveway that leads to the 60-year-old church.
“They’ve blocked off access to our church,” Father Kelly said when he found he couldn’t drive up the steep pathway to his church to park.
“How are the people going to get to Mass on Sunday? This is the only entrance to the church to park. They can’t climb up the cliff.”
Father Kelly asked councillor Gerard O’Connell and the Chronicle to help him get to the bottom of the bollards mystery.
“Well, it wasn’t council workers who did this," Mr O’Connell said.
“We’re not doing any work up there.”
“We’ve been unimpeded at the church for 60 years,” Father Kelly said.
“I’d like to know who did this. It’s obviously a professional job. No one contacted us. This is completely unacceptable. As far as I know we own the driveway and the church.”
Late yesterday the priest was still endeavouring to discover who had blocked off his driveway and why.
“If we have to we’ll hold Sunday’s Mass under a tree somewhere. Older people in particular can’t climb the cliff and I doubt even if I can manage that.”