Anger that weeds weren't mowed before Will and Kate's arrival
OVERGROWN and unruly weeds proliferated on the roadside entrance to Amberley Air Force Base for the recent Royal visit and Cr David Pahlke is not happy about it.
Cr Pahlke is so fed up with what he described as an ongoing "terrible, unsightly mess", he wrote a letter to Premier Campbell Newman asking for something to be done.
The Rosewood councillor sent the QT photos highlighting the out-of-control weeds on the Cunningham Hwy and Ipswich-Rosewood Rd intersection he said was under Department of Transport and Main Roads (TMR) jurisdiction.
In his letter to Mr Newman, Cr Pahlke said "surely someone in the Royal visit planning area would have arranged for this to be mowed.
"It is on a TMR controlled and maintained intersection. It is the main front entrance in to RAAF Base Amberley - our premier base.
"This alone demands that it should be maintained."
A spokeswoman for Minister for Transport and Main Roads Scott Emerson said it was "disappointing this maintenance was not done".
"Minister Emerson has directed the department to rectify the situation as soon as possible," the spokeswoman said.
Cr Pahlke also said in his letter that "once again Ipswich has been painted in a not-so-good light, and it really should not have happened.
"I certainly hope the Royal car was well tinted and hopefully they did not see this.
"Additionally, there are some 150 homes adjacent to this intersection that deserve a better level of service also," he added.
Cr Pahlke told the QT that he had brought the issue to the attention of TMR "numerous times", and concerns over major entry points to the city.
"We have been at loggerheads with the Department of Main Roads for years over this," he said.
"They need to make it presentable when you drive into the base.
"This is how they treat a Royal visit, and this is how they have been treating the residents too.
"I don't blame Campbell Newman for this but I am asking him for his assistance and to send a rocket up the Department of Main Roads.
"It is a wonder news footage of this terrible, unsightly mess didn't make international news.
"Someone should have done their homework."