Time to fix Tinnanbar Road
IT WAS the morning of the Melbourne Cup when Tinnanbar resident Laurene Morgan took a drive to Maryborough but instead of spending the day celebrating she ended up in a hospital bed.
Four weeks later Ms Morgan is still “picking glass” out of herself following the events of the day which saw her lose control of her car on the loose gravel on Tinnanbar Road.
She said she swerved to avoid potholes but the back wheels got caught in loose gravel and there was nothing she could do to stop the car from rolling.
Last week travellers on the same section of road were lucky to escape unharmed when their car also rolled.
Ms Morgan is furious that the road, which connects Tinnanbar residents to the Cooloola Coast Road, has not been sealed.
She said that when she bought her block of land eight years ago she was told by the then Tiaro council that at least 1km of the road would be sealed every year.
So far, about 3km have been sealed and Ms Morgan knows when residents can expect their promised safer road.
“The only time this road gets any attention from the council is Easter and Christmas when people are coming for holidays.
“I know some people might think it was our choice to live out here when we knew what the road was like but we were told it was going to be different.
“It's only in the past 12 months anything has been done but it needs to be done more than twice a year.
“The doctor told me I'm going to be picking glass out of myself for the next couple of months.”
Early yesterday afternoon a spokesperson for the council said $580,000 had been spent on rebuilding about 3km of the road in the past two years.
They said the council was negotiating with the State Government on the correct road alignment so further upgrades could be undertaken. Later in the day the spokesperson said $30,000 of scheduled maintenance would start on the road this week.