HELP: Irene Law says her decade-long calls to have her road sign replaced have fallen on deaf ears.
HELP: Irene Law says her decade-long calls to have her road sign replaced have fallen on deaf ears. Alex Treacy

A decade and still no sign of action

IRENE Law has lived on Beronne Rd in Gayndah for more than a decade.

In all that time, it has never been properly signed, but it's not for want of trying.

"I've written a letter 10-12 years ago and they said, 'Oh yes, we'll fix it up,' but nothing has ever happened,” Mrs Law said.

"But I've reminded the councillors ever since, 'It's coming, it's coming,' they say.

"Whether I should've written more letters (I don't know), but you get tired of writing things.”

Beronne Rd runs off Burnett Highway beside Pioneer Place in Gayndah and ends near Burnett River.

It is this far end of Beronne Rd where the issue exists: to the left, down the unsealed, unsigned road is where Mrs Law lives, alongside Emma Robinson's Crossroads Citrus orchard and one other.

To the right is privately laid bitumen leading to two more properties.

People unfamiliar with the road assume the bitumen is the continuation of Baronne Rd.

"If they're not local, they don't realise it keeps going down that way,” Mrs Law said.

"They automatically follow the bitumen, but it stops up there anyway, so usually they get up there and ring me and say, we've got to a (cattle) grid but it's got the wrong number on it.”

Mrs Law is worried one day emergency services will be called to her end of the road and not know where to go, especially if they were relief officers from out of town.

She has previously ordered an ambulance to her house and said it was lucky they were local and knew the vagaries of her road.

Mrs Robinson agrees with Mrs Law.

"It is true that that needs fixing, I have many people getting lost this way,” she said.

"Once they know where they are going it is fine but it is difficult at the start.

"The road looks like it continues on the bitumen.”

Queensland Ambulance Service declined to comment on the specifics of the case.

However, earlier this month, Mundubbera's new officer-in-charge, Tracey Britton, issued a plea that residents make sure their street signs and rural road numbers were in order.

"You don't want to be difficult to find in an emergency,” she said.

North Burnett Regional Council has been contacted for comment.


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