7 C
Byron Shire
May 17, 2021

Lismore brings forward roads funding

Latest News

Bluesfest announces October dates for 2021 festival

After two disappointing cancelations of their event, Bluesfest has announced that they will hold the 2021 festival over the...

Other News

Locals call for automatic revocation of speeding fines on Hinterland Way in first half of April

When local man Nathan Hicks saw posts on Facebook about locals who had received fines they believed were incorrect he decided to look into challenging his own fine. 

Development of the Belongil Spit

Jo Faith, Newtown I was gobsmacked when I read that the ‘Greens’ mayor’s parting gift was to aid privatisation of land...

Water and the dam

Dr Roslyn Irwin, Caniaba An organisation called ‘Our Future NR’ is distributing and promoting information intended to put the Dunoon...

Entertainment in the Byron Shire for the week beginning May 12

Check out what's on going the Byron Shire and surrounding area this week

OCA a ‘diamond in the rough’

Around four years ago a group of like-minded friends started a Syntropic Farm project. Since that time, they have...

Editorial: The vulnerable at risk

Most of us would hope that the taxes we pay go towards key areas such as health, education and to supporting the most vulnerable in our community.

Melissa Hargraves

Lismore City Council (LCC) has taken a novel approach to dealing with its urgent roadworks by voting to ‘borrow’ money internally to bring forward projects awaiting promised Roads and Maritime Services (RMS) funding.

The affected roads include Dunoon Road at Tullera, Blue Knob Road and Wyrallah Road.

The RMS has allocated 50 per cent funding for a number of LCC regional roads for 2012/13 and beyond, which is allocated in portions over several years.

But councillors believe considerable money could be saved if the roadworks were brought forward as the roads are continuing to deteriorate.

Cr David Yarnall moved for the holding costs associated with the proposal to be funded via the Roads Budget, with Council internally funding the program for the full $515,000 in the current year. RMS will be asked to agree to the program and to reimburse council its share of $250,000 in 2014/15.

Cr Graham was the only councillor to vote against the motion.

Cr Meineke asked Garry Hemsworth, Council’s executive director of infrastructure services, if he could confirm the RMS’s offer.

Mr Hemsworth responded, ‘We have had preliminary discussions with the RMS, which look hopeful, but there has been no formal commitment’.

Cr Smith was excited about this motion going through, saying that this was the best roads motion he had seen in four years.

‘We should be putting pressure back onto the state government and fixing the roads quicker and saying we have the capacity and want to do more on our roads,’ he said.

Cr Clough shared in the excitement, saying, ‘I believe this is going to be one of the turning points for this council. It is obvious we can’t do business as usual; we have to change.’

Although Cr Battista supported the motion he had some concerns.

‘This is not solving the problem of better roads in our LGA, only bringing it forward.’

Cr Yarnall addressed concerns over the selection process of roads to be repaired under this project.

‘I consulted with staff and they have assured me that the roads being brought forward are the worst sections… it is unfortunate, however, that the second round of funding will be postponed.’

Cr Yarnall nodded to the elephant in the room as it was suggested this motion was vote oriented.

‘Just because there is an election coming up doesn’t mean we should not address this issue. This is something new, let’s have a crack!’

Support The Echo

Keeping the community together and the community voice loud and clear is what The Echo is about. More than ever we need your help to keep this voice alive and thriving in the community.

Like all businesses we are struggling to keep food on the table of all our local and hard working journalists, artists, sales, delivery and drudges who keep the news coming out to you both in the newspaper and online. If you can spare a few dollars a week – or maybe more – we would appreciate all the support you are able to give to keep the voice of independent, local journalism alive.


Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here

Power outage in Byron Shire

Power supply company Essential Energy says that approximately 1,780 homes and businesses were without supply this morning.

Filming of Byron Baes begins with no indigenous consultation

Filming of the Netflix series Byron Baes has reportedly commenced without any effort made by the show's production company – Eureka Productions – to consult with local indigenous groups or the local Council.

Byron Comedy Festival launched with a laugh

At a hilarious sold-out launch of the Byron Comedy Festival, Dr Karl Kruszelnicki had the entire Byron Bay Surf Club giggling last night

School Strike for Climate next Friday

Next Friday from 10am Byron Shire students will be demanding political action on the climate emergency in what they and their supporters say is our present, future and reality.