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August 9, 2022

Byron’s bloody roads

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Byron Shire Council, you have a lot to answer for: high rates paid by only 15,000 people, no tourist tax for the two-million-plus visitors each year.

Further increases in rates and the worst bloody roads in the area. In 30 years I have never seen/hit so many potholes from Sunrise to Bruns and Mullum. Shameful.

Don’t just look after Byron Bay!

I have just got home from picking up my son from school, following numerous cars swerving all over the road, in the wet, to try to avoid/hit (causing damage to my car) the massive amount of potholes.

In the last three days I have seen road conditions in Sunrise, Brunswick Heads, Ocean Shores, Mullumbimby being some of the worst I have ever experienced. With the main street of Brunswick Heads actually cracking and not far from being a dirt road with bits of asphalt.

People’s lives are now being compromised by the state of the roads in the shire.

I work in Lismore and they have seen catastrophic floods and rain and have a large area of roads to service, yet the majority of their roads are still maintained and in good condition.

Lismore Council also has a Facebook page where residents can give feedback. Whereas Byron Shire Council has no option for this and no clear way of sending feedback except for email or a phone call.

I think Council owes its ratepayers the ability to travel safely on its roads.

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  1. I wholeheartedly agree with Luke & can’t understand why locals are so complacent to the road conditions within the Shire. The roads are atrocious. Driving from Ballina to Byron on the coast road you immediately notice the change when you reach Byron roads. Having moved here from Coffs recently I have never before seen so many roads in such terrible & dangerous condition anywhere! What’s the reason?

  2. I have recently visited Byron Shire to catch up with family. If the condition of Byron Shire’s roads aren’t the worst in the state I would be very much surprised.. Maybe the “arty folk” of the Shire should band together & build an art installation in the grounds of the council chambers made up of all the damaged vehicles & parts caused by this disgrace. There would be no shortage of material! It would be a fitting memorial to local legend Col Hadwell..


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