PROBLEM ROAD: Prior to repair work Fat Duck Road flooded constantly and was impassable at times, residents say. Council recent
PROBLEM ROAD: Prior to repair work Fat Duck Road flooded constantly and was impassable at times, residents say. Council recent

End of the road for Fat Duck dispute

By ADRIAN MILLER

amiller@dailyexaminer.com.au

IT HAS taken more than a decade, but finally Woombah's Fat Duck Road has been fixed.

Resident Irene Grant said she fought the Clarence Valley and former Maclean Shire councils for more than a decade to fix the road, with little result.

That was until this week, when the Clarence Valley Council spent $5000 on improving the condition of the road.

Clarence Valley Council engineering services director David Andrews denied council had dragged its heels in repairing Fat Duck Road.

"First of all it's working out exactly where on the road to spend the money council allocated for the project and the other issue is that there's a private water line in the middle of the road," he said.

"We've discussed with the people what they want so we can do the work in the areas that's going to best suit them.

"That process has taken some time and now we've got a decision where they would like to spend the money."

Mr Andrews said the upgrade involved repairing drainage and filling in the potholes on the first 300 metres of the road.

Ms Grant had made urgent requests to the council earlier this month after Clarence Valley Community Programs, which regularly visits her house to help care for her 97-year-old mother and a disabled man, cancelled its service because of the road.

She was also told by her gas company it was unable to deliver to her property.

The road was also blocked recently because another resident crashed his car after heavy rains, making the road almost impassable.

Ms Grant said residents were pleased the road had been completed, but were unsure how long the repairs would last.

"We're grateful it has finally been done, but there is nothing on the agenda to put drainage in at this stage so it's a question of is it a band-aid solution?" she said.

"We can't afford to have substandard roads any longer."

Ms Grant said residents were hopeful the road would be added to the roads maintenance register, which would ensure maintenance work was carried out as required.

"I have also written to Ian Causley about accessing funds from the government's Roads to Recovery program, so we will wait and see about that," she said.



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