Fat chance funding will fix Fat Duck

MONEY the Clarence Valley Council is set to approve for a maintenance project on a road in Woombah is nowhere near enough, according to one road user.

The Woombah resident, who did not wish to be named, said while the $5000 was welcome, more money was needed to bring Fat Duck Road up to an acceptable standard.

"Five thousand dollars is a drop in the ocean compared to what is needed," he said.

"The road needs a total reconstruction because when it rains it's like a waterfall and a pretty wild track for a two-wheel-drive car."

He said he was grateful the council was finally spending money on the area, but the same problems would keep happening if the road was not added to council's road maintenance policy (RMP).

Council is next week expected to accept the engineering committee's recommendation and approve the funding, while it will also consider including the road on the RMP.

The resident said the road users would not be satisfied until the road was on the RMP and its maintenance was in council's hands.

He said problems with the road stemmed from when it was constructed in 1994 and not placed on the RMP by the old Maclean Shire Council.

This meant Fat Duck Road residents were responsible for its maintenance.

He said residents were not made aware of this, and were fearful to become involved in maintenance because of legal issues if a crash occurred on the road.



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