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Evolution of the ‘Pothole Palm’

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The Mullumbimby Pothole Palm with its signature hubcap seed on Main Arm Road at about 5pm, Monday, May 13, 2019. Photo Felix ‘Fronds’ Willis.

In a strange evolutionary twist the increasing potholes in the Byron Shire have spawned the Pothole Palm. The first sighting of the Pothole Palm was last night in Mullumbimby on Main Arm Road near the corner of  Coolamon Scenic Drive. The Pothole Palm, with its signature hubcap seed, was plucked from its nest just on dark to ensure driver safety.

However, not to be deterred the Pothole Palm was able to determinedly re-insert itself into the afore mentioned pothole in the early hours of this morning. Just after 7am council workers were on site to once again remove the determined plant from its nesting site least it should take root and start multiplying throughout the shire.

One local observer commented to Echonetdaily that, ‘It is perhaps natures way of dealing with the increasing number and depth of the potholes in the shire. In fact we should use the innovation and creativity that the region is so constantly touted for and export it to other shires as a way to not only slow traffic in congested areas but as an innovative carbon capture technique. Considering that there are members of the Liberal National Party coalition that are still climate deniers I believe we should be voting one and all for the future protection of the Pothole Palm before it becomes another endangered species like so many of Australia’s plants and animals including the koala.’

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  1. Allan, Pelverata, Tasmania.
    I would like to suggest that Byron Shire council has a ” Duty of Care ” to repair all potholes.

  2. Surely the revenue Byron Shire Council is receiving from their parking metres in downtown Byron (hourly rate comparable to Sydney CBD) would mean potholes in the shire should be a long distant memory by now?

  3. I hear that the council use potting mix to fill these ‘potholes, palms should do real well & beautify the potholes in our shire eh.! Did see some potholes with a man’s genitals painted around them & it was amazing how quick those holes were fixed.!!

  4. While this is funny … a palm planted in a pothole … the fact that the roads around the Byron shire are in such a state of disrepair is appalling. I pay Byron Shire Council $625 per quarter for my rates, and while “the arts” are important, the $52,000 that was spent on the installation at Bayshore Drive, while our roads dangerous and dilapidated, is inexcusable.

  5. I totally agree with Rachael .
    I recall clearly Byron Shire Council`s trump card in getting the establishment of paid parking in Byron Bay, was that it was essential to help finance and fix the pothole dilemma in town. When there were howling protests against paid parking it , helped to calm the voices. Hasn’t t turned out well….not

  6. Mullum’s infrastructure is at its tipping point of collapsing. How can they fix km’s of roads when they don’t have money to fill a few potholes?
    It took them 4 months to fill a pothole on Main Arm Rd last year. We now have 100’s….
    It is clearly impossible and in my opinion at the point of no return. I am very worried and we all are. Just ask a local. Short term solution;
    – slow down traffic to 40km/h
    – place signs to warn visitors
    – improve pedestrian and bike paths ( a lot cheaper)
    – slow down traffic!!!!!

  7. How about Council workers properly filling in the pot hole with new tarmac while they are there removing the palm. Not only is the dong sculpture a waste of money but also the recent Council foyer renovation and quite possibly also the Railway park makeover. Lots of money on things we don’t really need and the bare minimum on our roads.


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