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North coast roads are third-world grade

Recently we offered our overseas visitors an opportunity to see the beautiful coastline of northern NSW.

The trip included the remarkable Byron Bay, where we travelled along the Coast Road from Ballina.

Although we were very proud to showcase this part of Australia to our Czech friends, our pride quickly dissipated and indeed turned into acute embarrassment seeing the shocking condition of this busy road.

Our friends who had nothing but high praise of Australia also could not believe that such wealthy country as ours would have a road reminiscent of those in the third world countries.

Not only is the extremely poor condition of the road an eyesore, but it makes a mockery of safety on our roads.

Dodging the deep potholes not only plays havoc with the vehicle’s suspension, but may throw a vehicle onto the oncoming traffic.

I am surprised that the locals do not protest at this sorry state of affairs to their local authorities. Only collective action may wake them from inexcusable lethargy!

Ivan Kolarik, Croydon


One response to “North coast roads are third-world grade”

  1. Len Heggarty says:

    Ivan,
    It is no fun to remark that you come from Sydney where all the funding is being splashed around in an unremarkable way.

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