Entry way to Bargara Lakes will be fixed

ABOUT TIME: The brickwork at the entrance to Bargara Lakes Drive will be removed.
ABOUT TIME: The brickwork at the entrance to Bargara Lakes Drive will be removed. Mike Knott

AFTER more than a decade of negotiations and frustration, the entry way to Bargara Lakes will be fixed this year.

Residents, sick and tired of having to negotiate their way over the cracked and broken bricks at the entrance to the development, are thrilled.

Bundaberg Regional Council yesterday said it had come to an agreement with Bargara Lakes commercial director David Ware.

Councillor Greg Barnes said the problems had begun when the estate was built by Bargara Lakes commercial in the late 1990s.

"Not long after, the brickwork started falling apart - the council contacted them saying it needed to be fixed."

Bargara Lakes Commercial assured the council the road would be fixed after the completion of the Bargara tavern, but it was not.

"We've finally come to an agreement, more than a decade later," Cr Barnes said.

Bargara Lakes Commercial will pay to fix the buckled bricks on the carriageway to the estate and the drainage problems will be fixed by the council.

"He's (Bargara Lakes Commercial director David Ware) going to pull up all the pavers and replace them with asphalt."

In 2002, the old Burnett Shire Council estimated the cost of the road upgrade would cost $100,000.

In 2010, Councillor Wayne Honor estimated that the cost had blown out to $300,000.

Cr Barnes said Mr Ware had to comeplete the works by the end of the calendar year.

Resident Bruce Worthington has lived in Bargara since 2010 and said the brick road had been a big problem for everyone who came to the area.

"It's actually very dangerous at the roundabout. The hoons at night don't make it any better," he said.

Mr Worthington said hoons favoured the area because the bricks were slippery.

"Someone's going to kill themselves there one day. The sooner it gets fixed the better."

The council will purchase and take control of the land adjacent to the paved road.

"We said, okay, that bit of land isn't being looked after by Dave," Cr Barnes said.

"We've now purchased the whole bit of land and will maintain it."

The drainage works by council are scheduled to begin in February.

Cr Barnes said four to five houses adjoined the land and every time it rained, those houses almost flooded.

Mr Worthington said residents' biggest concern was the drainage .

"We'd only been here a couple of weeks and our property was flooded," he said.

"It's frustrating. It's been ongoing for many years."

"The land area was, and still is an absolute mess. David (Ware) hasn't maintained it at all.

"The council have been maintaining it for him - it's good of the council to do that, it really was a jungle."

"He (David) wanted to close off one of the roads and develop the green area."

A development application to that effect was lodged and refused bythe council in 2004.

Mr Worthington said if the council was really able to come to an agreement with Mr Ware it would be great.

"It's a definite plus for us," he said.

Mr Ware refused to comment yesterday.

"I'm not interested in discussing this," he said.

ABOUT TIME: The brickwork at the entrance to Bargara Lakes Drive will be removed. Photo: Mike Knott / NewsMail
ABOUT TIME: The brickwork at the entrance to Bargara Lakes Drive will be removed. Photo: Mike Knott / NewsMail Mike Knott

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