The Mayor took an opportunity to present a Mayoral Minute at last night’s Lismore Council November meeting (MKII) where he moved a motion that Council resolve not to proceed with an open tender process to award a contract for the provision of emergency road stabilisation of Tuntable Creek Road, which was damaged in the February flood event.
The road has been impassable for other than pedestrians and cyclists for over eight months.
The reasons given for the motion are the impact of the loss of the route between Nimbin and The Channon to the community and access to Mt Nardi and that the road is an escape route during flood and fire events. The Mayor commented that the current market conditions and lack of contractors did not promise the tender process would produce a lower price.
In accordance with the Local Government Act on Tendering, The Interim General Manager would be delegated to enter a contract with Hyatt Engineering Pty Ltd for the work with an upper limit of $1,500,000 (excl GST).
Bicycles and scooters only on Tuntable Creek Road
‘At the moment the community are relying on bicycles and scooters as the two modes of transport,’ said Cr Krieg. ‘This is an opportunity for us to repair that road before Christmas – to allow a single lane of traffic to get through. It is a very important piece of infrastructure. It’s up to Mt Nardi where our towers etc are kept and it’s also provided the link between several of our villages. So, this is urgent that we settle this tonight so that that road can at least be partially opened before Christmas.’
Cr Andrew Gordon agreed. ‘It’s got ratepayers living up there. I think they’d be very patient to date and they deserve exactly what they deserve. And that is to have access to their homes.’
Where is the money coming from?
Cr Vanessa Ekins asked where the money was going to come from – the Interim General Manager, John Walker, said the funds for the project would come from the disaster relief funding.’
Mr Walker also commented on the fact that because he had no power to deal with a matter that involved such a large sum of money, this was the reason Council needed to vote.
Cr Ekins reiterated her question about the funds. ‘That’s significant amount money. Okay, it’s coming from disaster relief, but a lot of things are coming from disaster relief. Are there other projects that won’t proceed because this one is?’
Mr Walker said that the work is an emergency repair, therefore, it wouldn’t affect other projects.
Tuntable Creek Public School
Cr Jeri Hall also agreed with the Mayor saying she was on the Local Traffic Committee and had been to look at the Tuntable Creek Road landslide. ‘We also visited Tuntable Creek Public School, which is an amazing little school in the country. A lot of the students actually come from The Channon and this landslide is between the school and The Channon – so for these kids to actually maintain a normal schooling life they have to travel from The Channon to Tuntable Creek School via Nimbin – this is an eight-minute drive that’s now turned into an hour and 20 minutes.
‘I am fully supporting this just to give these kids some normality back to their lives post-flood.’
Everyone seemed to agree and Cr Krieg put the motion to a vote and it was unanimous – work should start soon.