Resident shocked as council street sweeper goes bush

A council street sweeper goes to work in the dusty, country town of Pratten, north-west of Warwick.
A council street sweeper goes to work in the dusty, country town of Pratten, north-west of Warwick.

A SOUTHERN Downs resident has questioned the council's use of ratepayers' money after a street sweeper was spotted sweeping the dusty, cracked roads of a tiny county town.

Marianne Irvine photographed the council vehicle as it went to work in Pratten, 35km north-west of Warwick.

Mrs Irvine questioned the need for the street sweeper in a town that has only one sealed street and two others partly sealed.

"And yes, I personally observed the very thorough back-and-forth sweeping of one of these smaller streets," she said.

Mrs Irvine was just as taken aback when White St, Pratten's main street, got swept.

"Despite there being huge water erosion ditches you could lose a small car in up to its chassis right beside where the sweeping was happening (those ditches need fixing more than sweeping needs to be done)," she said.

"But even more intriguing - the main road through Pratten also got swept - a road which, I believe, is a main roads controlled road.

"Lucky us - we now have a concrete culvert over a small gully that has had all its dust swept!

"Hmm, shame the dust could not be directed not to fall back on the road. Is this wasting money Southern Downs Regional Council-style me thinks?"