Rutted roads, who has the biggest pothole, Council should pay for damage to our cars, it’s only time before a death is caused by the shocking and shameful condition of our roads.
MidCoast Council’s recent announcement of $7.5 Million commitment towards regional roads, whilst a welcome injection toward the single most important issue within the community, is regrettably just a drop in the ocean in the context of an estimated $500 million infrastructure backlog and falls far too short for what is actually required to address the problem.
Many locals are now questioning Council’s priorities and the role being played by the newly elected Council. Perhaps Council should be spending less on administration – like the budgeted commitment for a $15 Million software upgrade – and more on priorities that really count to the community.
In a recent Media Release, Council has identified work to be carried out on over 22 roads, stating: “The repairs will involve stabilising the road surface and resealing.”
That is, until the next downpour.
Unfortunately, spread across more than 22 roads that $7.5 Million will not stretch too far by a long shot these days, and the proposed works will only end up being small patched up sections whilst other parts of those will roads continue to deteriorate.
The real question is whether Council will actually deliver these promised works on time and within the calendar year as promised or will they simply join the ever expanding list of capital works that are deferred into successive years?
Sections of the following roads will receive attention:
Oxley Street, Taree
Wherrol Flat Road
Central Lansdowne Road
Upper Lansdowne Road
Hannam Vale Road
Wallanbah Road, Gloucester
Wynter/Manning Streets Taree roundabout
High/Pulteney Streets Taree roundabout
Warwiba Road Old Bar
South Heron Road Old Bar
Kolinda Drive Old Bar
Bowman Farm Road Gloucester
Several roads in North Arm Cove
Red Head Road
First Ridge Road, Smiths Lake
Mermaid Avenue, Hawks Nest
Booral Road, Bulahdelah
Willina Road, Coolongolook
Myall Street, Tea Gardens
We’re watching. But please don’t inundate us with photos of your desperate road issues. We know…we know. … !