Naringal resident claims flood-prone Mahoneys Ford Road crossing ‘often impassable’ in winter

Naringal resident Glenice Fish wants the Moyne Shire to repair and upgrade the Brucknell Creek crossing on Mahoneys Ford Road, which is badly potholed and frequently unusable during winter. 140819RG08 Picture: ROB GUNSTONE

Naringal resident Glenice Fish wants the Moyne Shire to repair and upgrade the Brucknell Creek crossing on Mahoneys Ford Road, which is badly potholed and frequently unusable during winter. 140819RG08 Picture: ROB GUNSTONE

MOYNE Shire has drawn the ire of a Naringal resident who says a popular and busy local road is constantly in a terrible condition. 

Glenice Fish said sections of Mahoneys Ford Road are impassable during winter and the road surface is often washed away near where it crosses the Brucknell Creek. 

“It floods every winter and leaves big potholes where the unmade road joins the concrete culvert from water running down the hill when it rains,” she told The Standard. 

“They come along and fill it in again, but it gets washed out in the next downpour. 

“They need to upgrade the culvert so more water can pass underneath, the one that is there at the moment isn’t big enough.” 

The large concrete culvert is built on top of the original ford and Mrs Fish said it is often under water and impassable in the winter months. 

Mrs Fish said there are six families that live along the unmade road, which runs between Panmure and Naringal, and is often used by milk tankers, tractors and other farm trucks and vehicles. 

“They all pay their rates just like everyone else,” she said.  

“In the winter, when it’s flooded, people have to go around the long way to get to their homes. 

“My daughter lives on the Panmure side of the creek and in winter she has to go up to Panmure and then back around the long way if she wants to come and see us. 

“It needs to be sealed and the culvert needs to be upgraded. When they upgraded the culvert on Rollos Road they detoured all the traffic down Mahoneys Ford Road, and it hasn’t dropped since.”

A Moyne Shire spokesman said the road would be inspected and assessed before commenting further. 

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