Ian Hamilton, Pothole Park (aka Suffolk Park).
Further to Luke Ingram’s enlightening letter Byron’s Bloody Roads, his comment on the state of the roads in the Ocean Shores, Mullum, and Brunswick areas, is, as he is probably aware, only part of the serious state of our roads in the majority of Byron Shire.
Potholes abound in the Industrial Estate, many parts of Byron, country roads and Pothole Park (still mostly known as Suffolk Park).
We have been fortunate enough over the last few years to have driven around over 25 different countries around the world, and, with the exception of Albania, which is on nobodies Bucket List, we did not find one area as bad as our beloved Byron Shire.
It is a national disgrace and having motor-homed twice around this truly amazing country, including back roads, and Aboriginal communities, Byron Shire is by far, the worst of the worst.
Blame the tourists I have heard said. Bullshit. Tourists don’t visit many of the above places and if you visit the Gold Coast, where many more millions go every year, there isn’t a pothole in site.
Maybe we should hold a Pothole Competition, discovering the worst pothole infected suburbs of the shire. Or even the street with the most potholes. Winner gets their street repaired first.
Mind you, the current method of repairs is comparable to a band aid on a gaping wound . Interestingly, all the shires around us make our roads an embarrassment.
Many of our roads were obviously made in an inferior manner, which unfortunately provides a bigger headache for council.
So pester Ken Grainger (who hasn’t yet organised a way of replying to disgruntled ratepayers) or the very approachable Head of Roads, Tony Nash a most pleasant man with a mountain of problems. Lets hit our council hard with complaints and get these disgraceful roads fixed and fixed to an acceptable standard.
Our precious shire children can be seen playing and cycling in these disgraceful roads.
They are an accident waiting to happen and although it is a frightening thought, maybe that’s what it will take, until something is done.
Council have maintained that it is all a question of funding.
I am not the first to point out the gross mismanagement of money in years gone by.
Outrageous and unnecessary legal fees that councillors should be ashamed of is just one of our past financial woes.
Let’s get our priorities right Any civilised society deserves good infrastructure and this council is not providing it
Let them know it.