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October 4, 2022

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Who’s with me in launching a class action against Byron and Lismore councils for compensation for us hapless ratepayers as we daily shred expensive tyres driving on the parlously potholed roads in these two shires?

Having done another $1,000 worth of damage to a tyre and rim, I asked my local tyre person how the Council staff would react if I complained to them. He shrugged his shoulders, shook his head, faced his palms upwards, and said ‘Meh’.

Yesterday’s was the third $495 dollar tyre that I’ve had to replace in two years, and now I’m also up for a possibly new rim and a wheel alignment. Total repairs to date are over $2,000. 

The potholes in question are along Richmond Hill Road, and some of them are deep enough to bury a councillor in. The people I was visiting assured me that the potholes were very occasionally repaired, but mostly, their major road looks like somewhere in Ukraine after a particularly heavy Russian bombing. Countless residents and visitors have had the same misfortunes… and nothing is done.

How much could it cost to (a) have a truck with some gravel and tar to at least make temporary fixes to the myriad holes along such roads, until proper repairs can be made or (b) pay someone with a few spray cans to traverse the shire every few weeks to spray the bitumen to highlight the potholes?

That way at least we motorists would have a fighting chance, and I’m sure any councillors who voted for such a change would get huge brownie points.

George Lewin, Montecollum


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