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May 18, 2021

Pothole madness

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I have written on numerous prior occasions to alert Council as to the dangerous state of Grays Lane, Tyagarah, and I have specifically suggested that the condition of this road was likely to contribute to vehicular accidents.

Yesterday afternoon (2 July 2012), I was ejected from my motorcycle after it struck one of the numerous potholes that nearly completely cover sections of this road. This occurred in broad daylight (approximately 3pm). The section of road where the accident occurred is currently so littered with deep potholes that it is basically impossible to find a trajectory that avoids all of them.

I have taken photographs as evidence of this, and photographs of the injuries I sustained in the accident, and damage to my motorcycle and protective clothing. I was only travelling at approximately 20km/h when my front wheel struck the pothole – which is probably why I am still alive to write this today.

I do not know what it will take before Byron Shire Council takes these things as seriously as the residents of this Shire who have to contend with them every day. I live on Grays Lane with my wife and two young children, so we have to use this road daily. I’ve spoken with many of my neighbours who are similarly appalled at the state of this road, and who also have noted the dangers it poses to all who use it. Many have cited specific damage to their vehicles, and most have described barely-avoided accidents due to the conditions frequently encountered on this road.

Slapping down 10mm of dirt with a roller every four months, only to be washed away by the very next rain, is not a sustainable solution. (The last time this was done, the maintenance carried out lasted barely two weeks!) I implore you, as a ratepayer in this Shire, to remedy this situation in a sustainable way before someone is seriously injured – or worse.

Lane Gaberman



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