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Geoff Provest talks SSF and hosptials in Tweed

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I’m pleased to see that the many letters complaining about huge potholes around Ocean Shores have had some effect at last. Many thanks to the letter writers and the road crew who filled the many potholes that were threatening to swallow our cars.

Can I point out that many staff, particularly management staff, live in Ocean Shores and travel our main roads regularly, so it should not have taken all those public letters to move this Green council to action. I sincerely hope that Left Bank Road receives the same treatment to restore their road surface to a reasonable standard to protect their cars. With the rising costs of electricity, water rates, petrol and other regular bills, the community do not need the added burden of expensive mechanical repairs, especially since Byron Shire Council has included a clause in their insurance policy that negates their responsibility to pay for the public’s repairs to vehicles, bicycles and broken legs or ankles from potholes in the dark in many unlit streets, that don’t have footpaths.

As for the council works on Gulgan Road north and south; while it doesn’t seem t0 make sense to motorists, it makes a lot of sense to cyclists having the road shoulders widened to provide a safe, level surface for the many bike riders across the Shire. Many thanks to the road work teams for doing such a good job. This section is part of the Shire Bicycle Plan that we worked on for years, though I do have a problem with the lack of foresight to connect the last lot of works from Argyle Street and Mullumbimby Road to fill in the missing link to Gulgan Road, so there’s a semblance of continuity to cycle ways.

Tina Petroff, Ocean Shores


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