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May 18, 2021

Better Bali back lanes

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I agree with Alison Harmon’s letter regarding the state of roads in Ocean Shores and the feeble attempts at rectifying the potholes.

I live on Left Bank Road, and the state of this road is akin to bubblegum. The council’s works department periodically fills the potholes, and I mean ‘periodically’ – once every Ice Age! After we all have had to have our cars’ running gear fully refitted.

But, you know what really has me stuffed, why the f… are the council doing works to Gulgan Road North when there is not a single pothole in the whole length of the road?

Who else out there, as ratepayers, thinks the whole council works department should be sacked and works tendered to contractors that give a guarantee to their work? I for one am completely disgusted at the state of our shire’s roads. There are better back lanes in Bali!

Jamie Steel, Mullumbimby

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  1. Absolutely agree – could it also be that inferior materials and methods of filling these holes is also a cause for the next lot of holes to be deeper and wider! Are Council employees just doing a job with whatever is cheap and available?

    There is an art to building good, durable roads. Does Council inspect and only sign off on good work done?

    Going to shop at Ocean Shores is like driving in a dangerous obstacle course.

    Brunswick Heads also looks like a minefield.

    In Mullumbimbi St, residents are prepared to fill potholes so deep that tyres get lost in them. But if they do, and someone is injured, it seems that they will be held legally responsible. Residents should be able to drive out their driveways without zigzagging to avoid ditches.

    If residents like yourself, JS, continue to bombard Council with lists of pot-hole road hazards with potential for car and human damage, then maybe something might be done. But I wouldn’t be holding my breath.

    Footpaths are another story …


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