Debra Smith, Mullumbimby
I live on Vallances Road near the proposed site for the Brunswick Valley natural burial ground. When council purchased the land and proceeded with the STP (sewage treatment plant) the longterm residents of the road sold up.
Having lived through the STP works I totally understand. It also means I have an understanding of this current proposal.
- To access Vallances Road you have to turn across oncoming traffic on a hairpin bend with no visibility except for a dubious mirror. I assume funeral processions and loved ones will be wanting to access this site. This bend is within sight of land which frequently sees cars leave the road and has seen fatalities. Coolamon Scenic Drive also now sees tourists use the road, directed by GPS. This includes articulated and long vehicles.
- Vallences Road is a single lane with difficulty passing oncoming cars. Widening the road in some places was considered to be unfeasible for the STP works. Trucks were diverted to a turning circle down Coolamon Scenic Drive constructed purely for the STP works.
- Will council construct an alternate road for this access? If so it opens up land for development.
- There is a paper road which can be used closer to Mullumbimby, again on a hairpin bend.
- Residents living on this road were assured by council our peace and amenity would not be disturbed after the STP works were completed. This has not been the case, letter length prohibits exploring this.
I support the principle of the burial site but ask its proponents to consult with those living here also. I think you will find it is not so affordable.