Wal Jobson in Stuart St with one of Mullumbimby’s biggest potholes. Mr Jobson said it was about time Byron Council got its priorities right and fixed the roads.
Wal Jobson in Stuart St with one of Mullumbimby’s biggest potholes. Mr Jobson said it was about time Byron Council got its priorities right and fixed the roads. Kate O’Neill

We have 'worst streets in country'

MULLUMBIMBY could soon claim to have the worst potholed streets in Australia.

That's according to local resident Wal Jobson who is fed up with the lack of attention his local council is giving to the town's roads.

Mr Jobson has counted at least 59 potholes in one street alone and says the council has taken no action whatsoever.

"The whole situation reminds me of the dying patient asking his doctor: 'How sick do you have to be before you die?'," he said.

He said a recent trip through many northern NSW towns had brought it home to him how bad the situation was.

He had also received feedback from visitors, who were stunned by the state of disrepair on local roads.

Mr Jobson said he had looked back through five years of council records for works programs and found there was no allocation of funding at all for resurfacing and only occasional emergency temporary repairs.

He said it was common knowledge that Byron Shire Council was short of money but it was the role of the local council to fix local roads.

"You've got to put first things first," he said.

The money the council was pumping into the multi-million dollar Byron Regional Sporting Complex had made many wonder where Byron Shire Council's priorities lay.

"It's certainly not in roads, especially town roads."

Mr Jobson said pothole hotspots included Pine Ave, Left Bank Rd and Mill St near Heritage Park.

The state of the roads posed a hazard to both motorists and cyclists.

"It is time for councillors to apologise and give us a big sorry for allowing the deterioration to take place and work out projects on a first-things-first basis."

Byron Shire Council community infrastructure executive manager Phil Holloway said residents with concerns about specific potholes they believe may cause safety problems should contact the depot on 6685 9300 and lodge a customer-action request.

"The request will be prioritised and be attended to as quickly as possible," he said.

Mr Holloway said the recent rain had brought out another crop of potholes.

  



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