Resident says large rocks on Ryan Rd a danger to motorists
WOLVI resident Oscar Dinslage enjoys his morning walks but is fed up with trying to patch up what he says is the appalling state of Ryan Rd.
Mr Dinslage has lived on Ryan Rd for 13 years and said yesterday the state of the road had hit an all-time low.
The surface is covered with large, protruding stones and the Wolvi resident uses his morning walks to try to weed them out.
"I walk along every morning and kick them off the road if I can," he said.
He admits, though, it's an exercise in futility.
"It's an uphill battle," he said, pointing to a pile of large rocks he collected yesterday morning.
The large stones are taking a toll on his vehicle and tyres, which, instead of lasting 70,000km, only make it to 45,000.
"Council has put the rocks down to try and harden the road but they haven't rolled it enough to break them up," Mr Dinslage said.
"The rain washes the dirt away and the rocks stick out.
"Some of them have acute edges and they can lacerate tyres."
Compounding his frustration is Gympie Regional Council's apparent "apathy" in responding to his concerns.
"Larry Friske is the Division 5 representative and he has done nothing," Mr Dinslage said.
"They've been out to look at the road but say there is nothing they can do.
"I know I live on a dirt road but there is a duty of care to provide safe roads and this road isn't safe."
Cr Friske confirmed yesterday he had inspected Ryan Rd and it was marked for maintenance works in the coming weeks.
"Ryan Rd is in a program to be done and how soon depends on how dry it is," he said.
Cr Friske said he believed Ryan Rd "was a good solid road" despite the rocks.
"The stones are not sharp. They are round," he said.
"The stones provide the road with a solid base and foundation and the road has a fairly steep hill, so that foundation is important."
Mr Dinslage said he wanted to council to either grade the road or roll the road further to break up the large rocks.