BUMPED UP: Peter Clark next to the access road to his property.
BUMPED UP: Peter Clark next to the access road to his property. Brian Cassidy

Man builds speed bumps outside neighbour's home overnight

A CHILDERS man had to pinch himself to check he wasn't dreaming when he woke up to the sight of three speed bumps another resident built in front of his home overnight.

Peter Clark has been driving along Rosenstet Lane every day for the past 18 months.

And while it's not the smoothest ride, given the cul-de-sac is a gravel road, it's a straight shot to his home after turning off the busy Bruce Highway.

However, that all changed on Friday morning.

"I woke up and there it was," Mr Clark said, referring to a barricade that had been put up around the three freshly constructed speed bumps.

"(They) have used a tip truck, an excavator and a cement truck and dug three trenches ... and put in concrete speed humps.

"They're not even bumps, they're like mountains. I'm not sure the car's going to get over them."

Cops arrived at the quiet lane later that day after Mr Clark reported the bizarre development to the Childers Police Station.

"They told us they can't really do anything and that we've got to go to council," Mr Clark said.

But turning to the Bundaberg Regional Council wasn't much use to the couple either, with council officers telling them they might need to contact police.


Peter and Deborah Clark have been driving along Rosenstet Lane every day for the past 18 months. And on Friday, they woke up to their neighbour building three speed bumps outside their home.
Peter Clark woke on Friday morning to find three freshly dug up trenches and newly laid concrete speed bumps outside his Apple Tree Creek home. Peter Clark

Deputy Mayor Bill Trevor told the NewsMail council engineers would have a look at where the speed bumps were positioned to determine if they had any power over the situation.

"At the end of this lane there are easements, which they have the right to access," he said.

"If they (the sectioned-off speed bumps) are across the easements, which gives them access to the property, then I'd imagine it would be a civil matter, but we have to ascertain where the boundaries are first.

"If it's on road reserve then it's a council matter. If it's on private land it's a civil matter.

"It comes down to a legal argument and we (council) might not have a legal right to do anything."

Mr Clark said in the past one of the residents on the road (which he has to drive past to get to his home) had complained about how fast people drove past his place and the dust their tyres would kick up as a result.

"But I have to drive across (their) grass to get around it (the barricade) now," he said.

Mr Clark told the NewsMail he had seen the easement documents during a council road inspector's visit to the area on Friday.

According to the documents, the now-barricaded speed bumps could be in breach of his rights by impeding on his ability to access their property.

An easement is a right to use or enter onto another's property without owning it.

Easements are helpful in providing pathways across two or more properties, allowing individuals to access other properties or a resource.

They can be granted to a person or a property, depending on different circumstances.