Skyline Road South resident, Bob Weston, examines the damage on a section of the road that's creating major concerns.
Skyline Road South resident, Bob Weston, examines the damage on a section of the road that's creating major concerns. The Northern Star

Anger at poor track record

SKYLINE Road South at Goonellabah is an accident waiting to happen, according to resident Bob Weston.

Mr Weston said the narrow, one-lane road was a concern for many Skyline Road South residents who had approached Lismore City Council several times about its safety, but had yet to receive a response.

He said the council had cleared vegetation along the side of Skyline Road South two weeks ago, but this had not addressed the problem.

"I think the council has blown its budget for the road and is now trying to sweep the problem under the rug," he said.

Mr Weston said the loose gravel road had a steep drop-off and lots of potholes, making it extremely dangerous for the drivers who used it on a daily basis.

He said since the rain had stopped there was spring water eroding the road causing another safety issue.

"My father needs regular visits to St Vincent's Hospital and his rehab bus driver is hesitant about driving along the road as he thinks it is too dangerous," he said.

Mr Weston said many residents on the road were facing similar problems and were so frustrated with the council they had given up in disgust.

"The residents are also facing a health issue as the council has left a large stockpile of crushed sandstone on the road which can cause lung damage and respiratory problems from the silica dust in the air," he said.

Mr Weston said the council had left the sandstone there in early April with the intention of filling the potholes.

"As the area is subject to long dry spells, this makes the fine, powdered sandstone a major health hazard," he said.

Mr Weston said he had tried contacting Lismore City Council several times to push for a maintenance schedule.

"I have been put through from one office to another and no one wants to take responsibility," he said.

John Weaver is a mail contractor who uses Skyline Road South on a daily basis.

He is also fed up with the poor road conditions and may cease deliveries to the area if the road is not fixed.

"It is a matter of urgency and the money needs to be spent now before an accident occurs," he said.

"Lismore City Council has spent a lot of money on other road developments, so I don't see how this one is any different."

The Northern Star contacted the Lismore City Council about the state of Skyline Road South, but has yet to receive a response.


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