Community safety is always a top priority for Rockhampton Regional Council, which is why it is beginning community consultation about the best way forward for access to the Six Mile Road Reserve.

Chair of Rockhampton Regional Council’s Parks and Recreation Committee, Councillor Cherie Rutherford said the reserve had been closed since the 2010/11 floods.

“The decision was made to close the reserve in the interests of public safety while the Rockhampton and District Motocross Club reinstated the motocross track that had been used there,” Cr Rutherford said.

“While the reserve has been closed, research has been conducted into the existence of an unformed boat ramp which may not be safe for community use.

“As well as this, Council is aware of some illegal activities that have been taking place on this land, including motorbike riding.

“Several incidents have occurred on this reserve as a result of these illegal activities including a fatal accident and numerous accidents resulting in serious injuries.

“Obviously we can’t let this sort of activity continue, so Council will be consulting with the community to establish the best way forward in regards to how this land is used and what sort of access is needed.”

Cr Rutherford said the reserve had a part lease to Rockhampton and District Motocross Club and Council intended for the group to have continued access to the land for motocross activities and would consider options for public access.

“We want to hear from the community of any concerns they have about this reserve and whether they want to have continued access to it.

“We will be sending a survey to residents of Pink Lily at the start of October to gather some feedback on the importance of access to this reserve.

“This survey is also open to other users of the reserve to fill out online (click here) or they can contact Rockhampton Regional Council for a print copy of the survey

“We will also be having face to face meetings with representatives of the Rockhampton and District Motocross Club and other user groups.  

“We’d also encourage anyone who has used the unformed boat ramp on this land to contact Council by mail or email to let us know of their views or complete the online survey.”

Residents wishing to provide feedback can complete the survey, contact Council via email at enquiries@rrc.qld.gov.au or send a letter to Rockhampton Regional Council, Parks and Open Space, PO Box 1860, Rockhampton Q 4700.  The community consultation process will close at the end of October 2012.