New local wants council to fix car
A GREEN Pigeon man wants compensation from Kyogle Council for damage to his car he claims was caused by rough dirt roads in the area.
William Wright says he and his partner can't afford to pay the mechanics' bills they've amassed since moving to Green Pigeon, north of Kyogle, five months ago.
But with four children aged 10 and under the couple can't afford to be without a car.
Mr Wright claims pot holes and corrugations, particularly on Green Pigeon Rd, have turned his 1998 Mitsubishi Magna into a wreck.
He provided the Northern Star with copies of tyre shop and mechanic receipts for the Magna covering November to January and totalling about $2000.
One for two new tyres included a notation which said: "Tyres removed were damaged to sidewall - hits from road."
Mr Wright also claims corrugation vibrations have caused body damage, and the car rattles dramatically.
But the council isn't having a bar of Mr Wright's claim, nor is their insurance company.
General manager Arthur Piggott said Mr Wright's expectations of road quality were unrealistic given funding constraints on local government.
He said in meetings with council employees and councillors, Mr Wright was "encouraged to direct his energy towards addressing the overall funding issues that face local government".
Roads in the area were being repaired according to a program following recent heavy rain. Green Pigeon Rd will be graded in the next few weeks.
He said road quality on dirt roads varied because of traffic volumes and wet weather.
The 822km of unsealed roads and total road network of more than 1300km were managed according to "sound risk management practices".