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February 3, 2023

Byron shire roads a disgrace

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A letter to Byron Shire Council and councillors:

The condition of Byron shire roads has deteriorated to an all-time low. Our roads are now likely to cause major accidents.

Many streets have so many  large and deep potholes, the dictionary says they are no longer potholes, they are ‘craters’.

For bike and motorbike riders they cause deadly accidents and at nighttime they become even more dangerous.

Because we have so many streets without pavements, pedestrians are at risk as cars try to avoid crater sized holes in the road.

Each time your car falls into a pothole it’s like getting your ribs broken.

According to the NRMA roadside team, cars are now finishing up with car wheels with broken rims. Our streets have become ‘One Big Pothole Disaster’.

Why has this not become an emergency for our council? Where are the council road repairing teams before lives are lost and council  is faced with major litigation?

Richard Mordaunt, Suffolk Park

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  1. Byron shire has the worst roads in Australia.Having travelled extensively around this beautiful country of ours, I could tell you with my eyes shut when we have returned home to our home shire! It’s time we started sending our repair bills to the council! Does someone have to die before something is done about it??

  2. Talk to Simmo”s Car Repair and they will tell you about the cars ruined by these potholes! More to the point try driving a car with a baby on board. We know the effect of shaking on young limbs..drivers in this position have to duck, weave, negotiate, stop, start and deal with the usual road rage. Roads not Rocks need instant attention.

  3. Why do we see so many four-wheel-drives on tarred roads?
    We need more grunt, power and traction to climb the diesel out of the deep, deep hole we are in.

  4. Has Council just given up? Patching isn’t even happening anymore.

    I drive Coomburra Crescent in Ocean Shores daily and I’m glad I don’t have big boobs as I’m sure I would have black eyes from the bumps!

    The state of this road is absolutely dangerous, considering the amount of traffic movements a day. Many drivers drive on the opposite side of the road as they drive down the long hill to avoid damage to their vehicles. Pedestrians take their lives in their hands, especially at night as there are only a couple of streetlights to help navigate their way.

    The main length of the road (like many in the Shire) needs ripping up and replacing properly like the small section near Glendale Crescent which hasn’t had a pothole in over a decade it’s been there.

  5. I agree but I think residents are still too complacent about our roads. Balemo drive (where the bus runs) is so bad that one has to zig-zag from side to side to miss HUGE potholes (this of course across a white line).
    I think we should withhold paying our rates until the road pot hole issue is attended to.


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