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Belongil landowners versus potholes

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Last Thursday I swerved to avoid driving into someone who stepped onto the street without looking beyond her hands.

This would have been a non-event had I not been forced into the pothole I’d been carefully avoiding the preceding two weeks, leading to passers-by watching a 76-year-old change a ruined tyre offroad.

Council is considering spending about two million dollars to protect a relatively few Belongil landowners by putting rocks on the beach (thereby destroying the beach for the rest of us) while saving money by leaving the roads unsafe.

To this subsidy I add $180 for a replacement tyre.

Charles Sawyer, Byron Bay

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  1. Belongil landowners versus potholes
    Charles Sawyer is questioning the merit of Council spending money ( mostly State) for public beach access protection works, Belongil residents road access protection works and protection of $millions of council’s own valuable property, currently identified for sale. It might be that the proposed works will even turn a profit for Council to spend on our roads.
    Belongil has a few residents? Charles the last time I counted there were a few hundred Belongil residents, not a few, and dozens of jobs from businesses located there. No doubt the massive rates currently collected from Belongil residents fill more than a few potholes!
    Perhaps Charles you would like to [complain] ( I don’t ) about “perhaps $7 million” or so to keep road access to the ” few?” residents of Upper Wilson Creek? Or do you also want to leave them stranded by Mother Nature’s land slip?
    At least the Belongil residents can point to the cause of their resolvable problems, Council’s massive rock protection works at Jonson St and the multiple decade old expert’s recommendations to fix the problem caused by these works.
    The upper Wilson Creekers can only point to the sky, steep terrain, and the river.
    “Council’s 16 April 2013 Wilson Creek road report” quoted below.
    “The geotechnical consultants report on the option for repairing the Wilsons Creek Road landslip site with micropiles, has been received.
    Unfortunately Council’s cost estimates to complete the repairs with micropiles are too broad, coming in at between $3 million and $7 million. The cost estimate needs to be more definitive to meet the funding requirements of the Roads and Maritime Services and to reduce the risk of significant costs to Council. Similarly, such a broad estimate does not allow staff to complete a cost comparison against the original option of a rock buttress.”

  2. The land slip you mention with lights in Wilson’s creek serves several hundred households in Wilson’s Creek, Upper Wilson’s creek, Wanganui, McPhails Rd, Mill Rd, Johnson’s Rd and Huonbrook Rd.
    Your incorrect and massively distorted version of events speaks volumes about your ongoing efforts to distort facts to serve your own purpose.

  3. John Vaughan does not distort the facts!!! He has studied the history….of BEACHFRONT…so many people in BB are just “blow-ins”….VOS sold in ByronBay in 3 days …just to get out…of a popularist Council…who are also “blow-ins”..the cars/the tourists/the refuse that destroyed a beautifull little sea-side town..signed The Dalmation Woman


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