Some 4000 tyres used Leyburn Sprints barriers are a sore point for the Leyburn community.
Some 4000 tyres used Leyburn Sprints barriers are a sore point for the Leyburn community.

Safety barriers divide residents

WHETHER it is tyres or concrete barriers, residents of the village of Leyburn remain divided.

The divide lies with concrete barriers which dot the Leyburn Sprints track – one of Australia’s leading historic and classic car competitions – an annual event penned for August 27 and 28 next year.

This year 100 concrete barriers were erected in the town without community consultation, and some members of the small community are “livid”.

Residents said the contentious issue had reached boiling point and now divided the community.

“Previously the Leyburn Sprints Committee put rubber tyres as a safety barrier and they were taken down the following week, but four months after the Sprints the concrete barriers remain,” a concerned resident said.

“The committee should be fighting to keep the barriers, not residents fighting to have them removed.”

A Southern Downs Regional Council spokeswoman said the Sprints committee got the OK to install some barriers,but the “quantum of what was installed is more than we expected”.

“Residents were not consulted as the primary reason for the barriers was for the Sprints which were less than six weeks away at the time.

“Without the barriers the event would not have occurred,” the spokeswoman said.

Leyburn residents have voiced concern about the now-redundant 4000 rubber tyres, which they said harbour vermin and mosquitoes.

“Council’s view is that the tyres (that are chained together) are owned by the Sprints committee and it is their prob- lem to get rid of them,” the spokeswoman said.

“The other dumped tyres will be removed by council once the depot is fully secured.”


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