Rebecca Ingram, Wilsons Creek
Interesting that its always people who have just moved here that come up with magical solutions for fixing the shire’s roads (or just their own road), and that somehow the wealth within The Shire is, or could be, a contributing factor to how the roads can be repaired.
Byron Shire has a very small number of ratepayers both rich and poor and that small rate base has to pay for a huge amount of infrastructure and services at many other locations within the shire, not just in Richard’s own street.
Roads are certainly not cheap, filling potholes only adds to the cost and is a short term solution. Resealing roads is incredibly expensive, with Council managing this most of the time through state government grants.
Perhaps a better idea would be to pick a better road to cycle on or think of your wonderful potholes as a speed deterrent – sealed roads equal speeding cars. Which we are seeing a significant rise in, and in turn more fatalities of our diminishing wildlife.
Ever been up to Wilsons Creek, Main Arm or many of the other locations throughout the Shire that still have unsealed roads? Yes, the options are endless but at the end of the day they have to be realistic and cover the huge expense of fixing and sealing the Shire’s roads whilst maintaining all services required for residents and ratepayers.