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Mayor refuses road responsibility

Mayor Barry Longland says the region can't afford to pay for the maintenance of Sexton Hill Drive.
Mayor Barry Longland says the region can't afford to pay for the maintenance of Sexton Hill Drive. Blainey Woodham

SEXTON Hill Dr is the road that nobody wants.

The NSW Government planned to reclassify the road and hand over the responsibility of maintaining the old Pacific Hwy to Tweed Shire Council in September.

But Mayor Barry Longland has refused to take control at that time citing that ratepayers could not afford another arterial local road.

"We estimate this will cost about $1 million to maintain for the next decade and that has to come from the ratepayers," Cr Longland said.

"That's not far when you consider that similar urban arterial roads in Sydney, the Central Coast, Woollongong and Newcastle are managed and funded by the state government.

"There is an outstanding issue that we have with the RMS."

This is the latest chapter in a 12-month dispute with the state government on the classification of arterial roads in the shire to be state government funded.

"Thus far they have refused to acknowledge us," Cr Longland said.

"We want Sexton Hill Dr to be classified as a state road or regional road, so we can receive funding from the state, not as a local road, where we will receive nothing.

"The Gold Coast/Tweed is a geographically continuous urban area with a population of 576,747."

Mr Longland said the council was receiving support from Tweed MP Geoff Provest but needed to talk to the NSW roads minister.

"The member for the Tweed, Geoff Provest, supports council in calling for the handover to be postponed and is seeking an urgent meeting with the minister to discuss the issue," he said.

The state government is working on to a response to the Cr Longland's statements on the Sexton Hill Dr issue.

Topics:  barry longland, budget, nsw government, pacific highway, road, sexton hill, tweed shire council



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