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Residents plead for end to wet season isolation

By Emma Pollard, Friday January 25, 2013 - 10:10 EDT

Residents of Upper Ross in Townsville, in north Queensland, say they do not understand why council has rejected offers to fix a flood-prone bridge so they do not get cut off every wet season.

Paul Nevin from Gumlow says the bridge across the Bohle River at Allambie Lane goes under water every wet season, stranding residents for days.

He says local developers have offered to fix the bridge and roads so families are not isolated.

"For some reason or not the council keep knocking them back and have been very negative against it which us as residents up here find it pretty hard to understand that it's not going to be a cost to the council," he said.

He says it is dangerous and causes major disruption.

"We can be stuck here for up to three days," he said.

"A couple of years ago we had a pregnant lady over here that had a complication that she needed to get to the hospital and we had no access to any emergency services or anything like that."

The chairman of the council's infrastructure committee, Trevor Roberts, says he will push to bring the project forward but it will take time.

"It's not something that's going to happen next year or the year after, you're still talking about probably a five-year time frame because of the nature of the cost," he said.

"We're talking about $12 million in total for roads and bridges through that area, so it's not a small cost and it is, as I said, a rural area and we do have to prioritise our works across the city."


© ABC 2013

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