News

On the road to ruin

NEEDS ATTENTION: Ballogie local, Gary Ross said he believes the state of the roads is ruining local real estate.
NEEDS ATTENTION: Ballogie local, Gary Ross said he believes the state of the roads is ruining local real estate. Danielle Lowe

BALLOGIE real estate is on the road to ruin, according to a local resident.

Gary Ross believes the poor conditions of roads in his area is making it hard for people to sell their properties.

But Freeman's Real Estate's rural sales consultant, Dennis Cotter, said when people buy rural-residential properties they expect the roads to be rough.

"If you're going to live in a rural area, you know you're going to live in an area with unsealed roads and roadworks," he said.

Mr Ross said potential property buyers had told him of their worries of living on properties with neglected roads.

"We have shown interested people blocks for sale and after travelling to the blocks they were put off by the conditions of the roads to go to and from," he said.

"And when they heard about the lack of road maintenance, they were put off moving to this area.

"They could foresee the damage their vehicles would be subjected to as well as the uncomfortable ride."

Mr Ross said potential homebuyers did not want to take the risks associated with non-suitable roads.

"All-weather access to their homes is important to everyone, and the roads are so bad they are damaging the vehicles that have to travel on them day in and day out," he said.

Mr Cotter admitted the sales of properties in the Ballogie area had been slow in recent years, but said road maintenance took a backseat to economic woes.

"We have at least a dozen properties around the area for sale," he said.

"The sales have been pretty ordinary, non-existent, actually.

"I think less people are buying property because they lack confidence in the economy.

"It is because no one knows whether they have a job tomorrow.

"I think the location and having to drive 35 or 40 minutes to work is another reason things are a bit slow."

South Burnett Regional Council encouraged anyone with questions regarding local roads to contact the Kingaroy office on 41899100.

Do you think road condition should be taken into consideration when buying a home?

South Burnett


Ipswich train users 'packed in like sardines'

Rail Back on Track's Robert Dow says Ipswich has been 'bashed around' by Queensland Rail in recent months.

Locals not happy with Queensland Rail's reduced services.

'Nardya will not be going home'

On Wednesday the 25-year-old was given a week to live

Yamanto highway project the number one priority, report

The Building Queensland Board's Infrastructure Pipeline report released this month lists the $340 million Yamanto interchange at the top of the list which includes 20 building projects across the state.

Report suggests Cunningham Hwy works among most important projects

Local Partners

Gatton family claims game show success

A GATTON family walked away with more than $11,000 after an exciting three-night run on game show Family Feud.


Big flicks could soon be seen at major shopping centre

PROPOSED DEVELOPMENT: The Mt Ommaney Shopping Centre have lodged an application with the Brisbane City Council to build a new cinema and entertainment precinct.

New entertainment and dining options have residents excited.

Noll meltdown won't affect Gympie Oz Day concert

Shannon Noll

Photo Contributed

Shannon Noll is still expected to perform in Gympie next Thursday

9 things to do this weekend

IT'S ON: Help raise funds for cancer research this weekend at the Ipswich Turf Club. The Shearer Tackles Cancer pig races will still be conducted in the Beer Garden from 12pm.

From music and markets to hiking and swimming, Ipswich has it all

50 Shades actress on why she hates the film

Dornan and Johnson’s frequent sex scenes were ‘awkward’ to film. Picture: SuppliedSource:Supplied

Jamie Dornan doesn’t blame you for hating 50 Shades

Chris Hemsworth’s X-rated compliment to former co-star

Australian actor Chris Hemsworth poses on the red carpet for the European premiere of the film 'Avengers: Age of Ultron' in London on April 21, 2015.

THOR star once paid former Home and Away actress a lewd compliment.

'I can't keep my mouth shut any longer'

Singer George Michael.

George Michael’s cousin blasts singer’s boyfriend Fadi Fawaz.

Fresh faces: NCIS gets a shake up with new cast members

The new cast of NCIS, from left, Rocky Carroll, Pauley Perrette, Sean Murray, David McCallum, Brian Dietzen, Wilmer Valderrama, Emily Wickersham, Mark Harmon, Duane Henry and Jennifer Esposito.

THREE new characters join naval drama for season 14.

First the Onesie, now an Xbox One S inflatable controller

Fancy an inflatable Xbox One S controller?

Inflatable controller 'perfect sidekick' for Australia Day party

Sarah Harris: Here’s what Amber Sherlock should’ve done

Studio 10 and Shark Tank presenter Sarah Harris.

STUDIO 10 host says Sherlock could’ve avoided the subsequent uproar.

WARNING: Builders, clean up "unsightly sites"

Councillor Ireland at a messy building site.

Failure to do so could see builders slapped with fines.

Historical home leaves family's hands after 75 years

SALE CONFIRMED: The Gympie Regional   Realty team which sold the Ramsey property are (back) Mel Gastigar, Dorothy Palmer and Margaret Cochrane, with (front) home seller Terri-Jayne Ramsey.

Ramsey family played a huge role in Gympie's growth.

What a year 2016 proved to be

Entrance Island, Birtinya

Get the inside info from the agents themselves

REVEALED: What Coast wants in an international airport

Sunshine Coast business people share their views on what's needed

Time for a cool change

43 Eckersley Ave, Buderim.

Family home goes to the auction floor

Ready to SELL your property?

Post Your Ad Here!