Doug Purnell is concerned about the condition of the northern section of Four Mile Lane. PHOTO: JOJO NEWBY
Doug Purnell is concerned about the condition of the northern section of Four Mile Lane. PHOTO: JOJO NEWBY

Furore over Four Mile Lane

IT'S difficult to maintain a conversation while travelling in a vehicle along the gravel section of Four Mile Lane near Swan Creek.

The car shudders and shakes along half a kilometre of rocky road as Doug Purnell voices his concern over its condition.

"It's as rough as guts," he shouts.

"The warning light for the airbag in my car comes on whenever I drive down here."

Mr Purnell has lived in the area all his life and travels on the road most days of the week to get to Grafton.

"It's the roughest I've seen it in 25 years and everyone in the area is complaining about it," he said.

"They sealed the rest of the lane about three years ago, and you'd think that for the sake of half a kilometre, they'd just come out and do it."

Mr Purnell contacted Clarence Valley Council in December 2012 and received a reply stating that section of Four Mile Lane would be considered for reconstruction in early 2013.

"I asked them what was going to happen and whether they were going to seal it, but it never happened."

Clarence Valley Council's director of works and civil Troy Anderson said the initial customer service request was investigated, but was not included in this year's budget.

Mr Purnell phoned the council again last month and was told his request was being reviewed.



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