Northern Star editor, David Kirkpatrick
Northern Star editor, David Kirkpatrick

Road funding out of whack and a change is needed

I WAS shocked and delighted to see part of Massinger Street in Byron Bay with a fence up around it and the road surfaced being worked on.

This is the first time in nearly 29 years of being closely associated with this area that I have ever seen work being carried out on this road.

It has got to take the cake as being among the most potholed road in the whole of Byron Shire and possibly the rest of the Northern Rivers.

It’s one of hundreds if not thousands of streets, back roads, minor arterial roads and ‘hinterland highways’ that need urgent work just to bring them up to scratch.

Indeed, the NRMA has identified there is a $155m backlog of work that needs to be carried out across the five Local Government Areas we circulate in.

Lismore accounts for a whopping $88m worth of that figure which is staggering if hardly surprising given the state of the roads we have to drive on each and every day.

The annual wear and tear on tyres and suspension in this region must be staggering.

Not only do I applaud the illegal efforts of the graffiti artists who paint around the worst potholes on our roads, I reckon council should give them a brush and some paint.

And why can’t councils afford to fix our roads?

Well, according to the NRMA it’s because we are not getting our fair share of petrol taxes being spent on what they should be, namely road maintenance.

I, like the NRMA, think the Federal Government has a duty to direct more of those funds into fixing our crappy roads.



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