Destination Glenwood

Roundup Report – Saturday 6th February & Sunday 7th February 2015

Destination: Point Vernon, Kanigan, Glenwood

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Yesterday I chaired Area 4 Neighbourhood Watch Meeting in Point Vernon. It was refreshing to have cooler temperatures and not be in the heat. Geoff Redpath joined us and introduced himself as a Candidate for Division 6. He presented his survey to everyone and took them through it and stayed back to chat to a few locals. Thank you for taking the time Geoff, I know they were happy that you took the time to hear some of their concerns.

Today was interesting driving around the local roads in Kanigan. The road off the highway is small and lucky there wasn’t any traffic. The tiny bridge over a little creek has been used as a drag strip by the look of it but the scenery was picturesque.

Following this I went for a big drive around Glenwood. Wow this area has grown so much and appreciated the lush countryside. Most of the roads start with Arbour i.e. Arbour Seven, Arbour Nine, Arbour Ten, Arbour Thirty Seven etc. There is a need to drive with caution on every road in Glenwood especially at creek crossings.

Ventured on down to Windsong Opals and engaged in a lengthy discussion with owner Harry Sannholm. Thoroughly enjoyed discussing many of the issues with a focus on rates, roads and pet registration fees. Managed to get a little education on gem fossicking and opals. He has a wealth of knowledge and I recommend if you haven’t been; please do so. Harry was so generous and kind giving me an early birthday present ? Amethyst necklace and a map of the goldfields in Queensland.

Headed on back to the Community Hall in Glenwood for the Progress Association Meeting. Bernie chaired the meeting and I must say he is very effective with his mallet 😉 It was a little fiery in parts with some locals expressing concern, anger and frustration at the neglect for their community from Council. Phil Truscott held his composure and responded to the questions posed with little satisfaction from those in attendance. Figures could not be given on how much of the $7 million in rates had been spent there. Phil said he would get them and advised he had spent his $100K discretionary fund in Glenwood.

Roads seem to be the major concern and recently a lady crossing a creek was washed off the road with little time to escape. Gauges are placed in bad positions so when it is flooded no one can read them. Another problem even having signage for caution, it is difficult for motorists to see any water across these crossings until they have entered, by this time it is too late.

Council needs to apply for more funding under the Roads to Recovery Programme and folks are sick of money being spent in Hervey Bay. 33% goes to Bundaberg, 40% goes to Gympie and 27% goes to Fraser Coast. 51 roads in Glenwood needing works carried out. Director prioritises roads.

Further to this there is an issue with dust contaminating water tanks making it a health hazard.
Aurecon will be attending Glenwood Community Hall for an information session on the NBN 29th February 2016 1pm – 6pm

A road of low priority cost $280K for 200 metres where the high priority roads in particular; the bus runs have been left (Arbour 16, 11, 12). Questions were raised on the tender process and why the costs were so high. There is neither flood mitigation for Glenwood nor any arm rails. Armour Seven and Eighteen had 2 and half metres of water in 5 minutes with no flood indicators. Arbour Three was mentioned as being dangerous for flooding. Arbour Eighteen should be closed.

WH&S Representative spoke about how Council workers placed rocks in the top drain and didn’t bother spending 45 minutes to clear it. Ergon Energy metre still not sought – 3 phase. Glenwood has an issue with their power and lose it quite frequently. They will attend a meeting in Gunalda Hall tomorrow at 10am.

Rate payers were very unhappy about the 2 fire levies that Council has placed on them. Apparently one should be Fire and the other Disaster.

Candidates in attendance were then given 5 minutes each to speak: Gordon Dale, Anne Maddern and Chris Loft. Bruce Saunders also addressed a couple of issues with the Community of Glenwood.

Thought for the day:
“Your value does not decrease based on someone’s inability to see your worth.”
Only a couple of photos today as I was too busy talking.

#Vote1 #JD4Mayor #TripleR – rates roads rubbish
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