Taking fight to Kyogle for bypass
By RENEE REDMOND
EULEEN CALVER wants her community to badger the Kyogle Council into providing a bypass for the town.
The Dyraaba Creek resident said that without the council's support nothing would be done.
"I'm worried it is going to take a death of a pedestrian," she said.
"It's the children that worry me most."
Euleen has already sent letters to the council explaining the current dangers for people wishing to park and shop in Kyogle's main street on the Summerland Way.
"I believe the bypass suggested years ago, crossing the railway line below Highfield, could be an achievable solution if the will is there," she said.
However, Kyogle mayor Ernie Bennett said it was not up to the council to build the bypass.
"Council is not in a position financially to do anything. The bypass is part of a State road and it is up to the RTA," he said.
"I've had some discussion with council and it would be nice to be able to take the heavy traffic out of town, but it's not going to happen any time soon.
"The Kyogle bypass has never been a priority for the RTA."
Euleen said the original bypass option was not a big detour from the main road, and would only require one bridge to be built.
"I'm frustrated because the bypass is something which should be pushed for, and the council appears to not be the slightest bit interested," she said.
"Governments and councils have a duty of care to their ratepayers, and the safety of that population must take priority over beautification and other worthwhile works.
"The town has grown, but the infrastructure has not kept up."