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Roads graded for garbage

Water is trapped beside Florda Gold Rd, causing further erosion.
Water is trapped beside Florda Gold Rd, causing further erosion. Contributed

ROADS that routinely shake the bolts and mountings of your car and disappear at the edges into deep gullies are not anyone's idea of value for council rates payments.

You know the roads are bad if residents are willing to give up the council garbage service if it meant the road would be repaired and the garbage trucks would no longer tear up the limited road surface.

"We don't get water or sewerage, we only have the roads and garbage service from council and most of us would be happy to sacrifice that if we could get decent roads," Petrina Blanchard said.

A resident of Wells Crossing for about 30 years, Mrs Blanchard noticed the roads slip into disrepair after the amalgamation of the Clarence Valley councils.

"Ulmarra Council used to come out four times a year and rip into the road, grade it properly and maintain the drains," she said.

"Now it's down to twice a year and it used to take a week to do just one of the roads and now they allocate 1-2 days and stop wher- ever they get to Florda Red Rd."

The network of Wells Crossing dirt roads, all named after florda peach varieties, stems from Parker Rd on the highway and is crossed by four to five creeks.

Thirty years ago only five families lived along the road network which now services around 22 homes, many with multiple vehicles.

"There's a lot more rates getting paid into the area and we have less than we had before."

Clarence Valley operations manager Tim Jenkins said all council dirt roads are graded twice a year unless school buses service the road and grading increases in frequency.

Topics:  council, garbage, grafton, rates, roads, safety




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