Residents on Sarabah Road say they are fed up with council's inaction

DUSTY: Sarabah residents on the increasingly busy road, which they want sealed. Photo: Supplied
DUSTY: Sarabah residents on the increasingly busy road, which they want sealed. Photo: Supplied

SARABAH residents are furious over the lack of infrastructure on a road that sees tourists buses and camper vans kicking up dust every day but Scenic Rim Mayor Greg Christensen said dust was a known part of country living, especially during a drought.

Sarabah Road resident Ian Clark said an increasing volume of traffic had made life difficult for him and his neighbours.

"In the last 18 months especially we have seen three or four little tourist buses as well as campervans, caravans, four-wheel-drives and motorbikes passing through on the way to the three camping grounds at the end of the road," he said.

"This happens seven days a week and I would say traffic has increased on our 4.66 kilometre road up to 20-fold in recent times.

"I've lived here for 19 years and I'm one of the new ones. Everyone is fed up. We have dust absolutely everywhere.

"We can't sit on the front veranda because it's covered in dust, the solar panels have to be cleaned all the time because they don't work if there's dust on them.

"We all rely on tank water, and they are full of dust too."

Mr Clark said residents in the area paid high rates and received no services.

"We don't get garbage removal or water and all we're asking for is a decent road."

Cr Christensen said council had undertaken substantial works on Sarabah Road to reduce dust, including the use of dust suppressants, pavement stabilisation products and improved gravels with lower fines content.

"Unfortunately, some dust is an unavoidable aspect of traffic on gravel roads, which is increased during long periods without rain," he said.

"With more than 800 kilometres of gravel road across our region and significant areas of adjacent farmland, many of our residents deal with the challenge of dust impacts as an acknowledged part of rural existence."

Cr Christensen said council was grateful for the recovery funding support from state and federal governments after the fires but sealing specific sections of gravel road was not a priority.

"The condition of Sarabah Road will continue to be monitored and updated traffic counts will be undertaken to ascertain whether the relative priority of the location needs to be reconsidered in the development of the Capital Works program in the future," he said.

Mr Clark said council had applied bitumen foam to about 60 metres of road in a spot where there were no houses.

"When they were doing that section of road they even had traffic lights," he said.

"There are no buildings up there and the work was of no benefit to the tax payer.

"There has been no dust retardant on my section of road.

"They spent money on concrete works up near the camp grounds because they say the road there gets washed away in heavy rain.

"We are paying $2500 a year in rates and we want the road sealed."

Neighbour Nicole Gassner said resident's lives had been made a misery, especially at weekends when the camping grounds got busy.

"From Friday afternoon about 3pm it starts with cars and four-wheel-drives whizzing past towing caravans," she said.

"There's no speed limit posted on our road but it should be 50km/hr and I can tell you they are going much faster than that.

"Sunday afternoon we go through it all again, there's just too much traffic and something needs to be done.

"The people who live here don't drive fast because we know the road but when these vehicles come through the dust is a nightmare."