Marianne Irvine colour-coded a map to show how many roads in Pratten were dirt and unkempt.
Marianne Irvine colour-coded a map to show how many roads in Pratten were dirt and unkempt. Contributed

Residents beg council to play fair

PRATTEN residents are fed up with the quality of their roads and are pleading for someone to do something about it.

Marianne Irvine said she could not stand the shocking state of the roads any longer.

"I moved to Pratten just under three years ago and when I first came, there were dirt roads and they were graded, but they're not graded anymore," Mrs Irvine said.

"One road has a water marker in the middle of the intersection - it's disgusting."

Mrs Irvine said roads were skirted by overgrown weeds and grass and it was as if the township was overlooked.

"It seems we are forgotten," she said.

"They (the council) know what's going on but sadly we are missing out a bit.

"They talk about Leyburn and Yangan and Killarney.

"We are a quiet little village and our facilities and basic rights should be maintained and have a little bit of attention paid to them too."

She said councillors did make the effort to go out to the township on a bi-monthly basis but despite their knowledge, she said she didn't feel any progress was being made.

"It's been good having face-to-face contact with councillors and they come out regularly to look us in the eye, but I feel like I am banging my head up against a wall."

She said problem areas include Elliot, Bugden, Ross and Macalister Sts.

"We know the councillors have priorities, it just seems like we are very far down the list," Mrs Irvine said.

"We don't want any more or any less than we should. We're just asking for our roads to be edged, to have overgrown grass slashed.

"I don't want to be greedy, but all we want is the maintenance that needs to be done, to be done," she said.

Councillor Vic Pennisi is one of the councillors who visits Pratten on a regular basis and said he forwarded the complaints on to relevant departments.

"There have been a number of issues raised by the people of Pratten and all have gone to necessary departments, so we are waiting for responses back," Cr Pennisi said.

"They've brought quite a number of issues to our attention and a number of them have been resolved."

He said any work on the roads in Pratten was the responsibility of the operational department.

Mrs Irvine said she understood the position council was in, but felt the town was still missing out.

"I understand the council has had floods and things to deal with, but it doesn't alter the importance of basic maintenance that we all pay for in our rates and we are owed them just as much as every other township," Mrs Irvine said.

"We've just got to squeak loudly - squeaky doors get noticed."


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