I am never disappointed every time I come to Belongil Beach for holidays. My favourite pothole has not only been there to greet me over the past 12 years, but it has grown in length, width and depth.
Upon my arrival last weekend it was full of water and deep enough for a small child to drown in.
Last year I had the pleasure of meeting the mayor, Cr Simon Richardson, during his visit to the office of the Mornington Peninsula Shire in Victoria. In front of my fellow councillors he assured me ‘something’ would be done about my pothole.
I now read with interest the report ‘Potholed and falling apart’ (Byron Shire Echo, 5 July, 2017). The CEO describes the method of selecting upgrades as being a ’sophisticated strategic asset management approach which analyses and prioritises works based on their condition’.
So if my pothole doesn’t qualify, what does? And where has the annual roads expenditure gone – an impressive increase from $4m to $16m from 2012 to 2016. Certainly not on my favourite pothole.
Tim Wood, former councillor of Mornington Peninsula Shire