"I’m pretty p***** off": Segway idea is taking off
A SOUTH Kolan man is upset a request to run Segway tours at Bargara is being considered by Bundaberg Regional Council when his idea to do the same didn't move ahead.
Dave Zunker said he spoke to Cr Greg Barnes who was "more or less cold on the idea".
Bargara divisional representative Greg Barnes confirmed he had spoken with Mr Zunker in January, regarding the proposal to start up a Segway hire business on the foreshore area between Bargara and Mon Repos
"Contrary to his alleged comments, I was actually quite enthusiastic about the proposal," Cr Barnes said.
He admitted he did flag with Mr Zunker that there were "existing conflicts occurring between pedestrians and cyclists" in the area, and that he may have wanted to keep that in mind when preparing any application.
"I totally reject any suggestion that I 'talked down' his concept but I considered it prudent to make him aware of these issues for his background information," he said.
"This was not in any way putting a negative slant on his proposal."
Mr Zunker said he still went ahead and put in an expression of interest to the council, "just to feel them out and see what they're going to do".
But, he said, he never heard anything back.
"I didn't know where it was going to go from there."
But yesterday, at a briefing meeting with the councillors, council community and environment general manager Gavin Steele presented a "late item".
"We've discussed this one previously," Mr Steele said.
"The proponent is proposing to run a Segway service along the foreshore from Bargara."
Mr Steele said the proposal was lodged in two parts, the first regarding guided tours.
Mr Steele said customers would turn up to the carpark beside the sewerage treatment plant at the little athletics and Bargara football field.
They would meet people who had booked a tour, unload the Segways, do some basic training in that area then take them for a tour from there along to Burnett Heads, Mr Steele said.
"The second proposal was effectively a hire service," he said.
Mr Steele said the Segways would be in Christensen Park primarily during school holidays and on weekends.
He said the council's staff discussed the proposal with the operator.
"We're not concerned and think it's a really good idea for tourism," he said.
"It would be a great tourism attraction that utilities the council infrastructure that's already there with the Turtle Trail."
Cr Barnes told the councillors he met with the applicant on Tuesday, took a Segway for a spin and agreed with everything that's been said.
Mr Zunker was confused.
"They tried out the Segways? That must be somebody else," he said.
"Unless someone else got wind of my idea and they've grabbed it and run with it, but I'd be pretty disappointed if that was the case because it was my idea in the first place.
"I'm pretty p***** off actually if that's the go."