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Wallaby track under attack

Pot holes in the road on Calligans Creek Road, Calliope.
Pot holes in the road on Calligans Creek Road, Calliope. JoJo Newby

SOME ratepayers are envious of others' garbage service and twice-yearly road-surface grading.

"Many years of grading must be due to the residents of Wallaby Lane," Maclean resident Kerry Cranney said.

Reporting the last grading took place "15 years ago", Mrs Cranney wasn't confident she would get home yesterday after heavy rainfall.

"I reckon by the end of the day there will be a high chance someone will get bogged," she said.

Mrs Cranney said deep potholes and treacherous ruts made Wallaby Lane near-impassable for those driving two-wheel-drive vehicles after heavy rainfall.

A former forestry trail, the Cranneys gave the name Wallaby Lane to the track when they built there 25 years ago.

"Clarence Valley Council gave us permission to build out here but said they wouldn't be doing any work on the road," Gary Cranney said.

Ownership of the road passed into council hands more than a year ago but there are no plans to grade the road.

"If a road is constructed to our standards we will maintain it," Council deputy general manager Rob Donges said.

In the past, council granted development applications with conditions similar to the Cranney's where access roads were Crown-owned or developers refused to build to council conditions.

"Invariably this has turned around and bit us on the butt, especially if the property is sold and the new owners have no prior knowledge of this condition," Mr Donges said.

"It is still a difficult concept for people to understand, so in many cases now council will refuse an application if the road can't be built up to the standard."

Mr Donges said the maintenance of many private, Crown and former Crown roads is the responsibility of residents who may be required to do repairs to a defined standard.

Topics:  clarence valley council, potholes, roads


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