Wooli-Minnie Water Chamber of Commerce president Bruce Bird, pictured with a damaged car rim, is calling on council to fix the Wooli Road.
Wooli-Minnie Water Chamber of Commerce president Bruce Bird, pictured with a damaged car rim, is calling on council to fix the Wooli Road.

Pothole course to Wooli

A PIECE of graffiti scrawled across the road on the outskirts of Wooli reflects the frustrations of many regular users of the Wooli Road.

The graffiti reads ‘4X4 ONLY’ and refers to the state of the bumpy, pothole-ridden road leading into Wooli.

Wooli Chamber of Commerce president and post office licensee Bruce Bird said he regularly hears customers, including tourists, complaining about the state of the road.

“The condition of the road is shameful,” he said.

Mr Bird said major concerns included various-sized potholes, uneven surfaces and in parts, the edge of the road was slipping away completely.

“You just have to be so careful when you’re driving on the road,” he said.

“It’s cost me nearly $3000 in wheel rims.”

Clarence Valley Council regularly fills in the potholes and patches the road, but Mr Bird said the repairs never lasted.

“The first good rain we get and it starts to break up again,” he said.

Mr Bird said the worst sections of the road, including the stretch from the Minnie Water turn-off to Wooli, needed to be torn up and resurfaced.

Council manager of operations Tim Jenkins said council maintained the Wooli Road as best it could afford.

“But we can only work with the funds we have,” he said.

“It would be wonderful to have lots of money to put towards roads across the Valley but the reality is we have limited funds and over 2500 kilometres of roads to look after.”

The good news is the Wooli Road has attracted $1.2 million in joint funding for the next financial year from council and the RTA.

Mr Jenkins said the money would be used to resurface a number of sections of Wooli Road including parts near Wooli village.

Work was also due to start soon on a section of the road at Glenugie near the Pacific Highway, where ecologists spent three days last week carrying out field tests for an environmental assessment for council.

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