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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.

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