News

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



Migaloo the albino whale spotted at Byron Bay

Migaloo spotted off Byron Bay on July 27, 2016.

Quick: Get out the binoculars. He's coming.

Do you know where your fresh food comes from?

THOUGHTFUL: Tweed Council’s Liz Collyer with food producer Des Cecil and Murwillumbah Farmers’ Market co-ordinator Sue Beckinsale at the market.

Food for thought - get to know your local Tweed producers

HSC gets tougher with Year 9 exams

HSC is about to get tougher for school children.

FROM 2020, Year 12s will need to meet new standards to get their HSC

Latest deals and offers

Will Turbo be taken off TV?

Memes about Turbo are flowing on Social media.

PEOPLE want Turbo taken off TV, but will Prospero Productions the ma

Police charge in after Lohan claims fiance tried to kill her

"You tried to kill me. You're a f*****g psycho".

Prince Harry regrets not talking about Diana's death

Diana, Princess of Wales, enjoys a ride on the Maid of Mist in Niagara Falls, Ont., in this Oct., 1991, with her sons Prince Harry, then 7, and Prince William, then 9.

The royal was 12 years old when his mother was killed

Oh Kim, be careful with the spray tan when breast feeding

Kim Kardashian West accidentally smothered North's face in fake tan

Michael Hutchence doco to show a life lived INXS

Michael Hutchence.

Michael Hutchence will live in tell-all feature-length documentary.

Sunshine Coast cooks to do battle for Masterchef crown

asterChef Australia finalists Matt Sinclair and Elena Duggan.

Noosa's Matt and Elena stay mates to the very end.

You can own this Queensland town for just $1

Yelarbon

Unprecedented auction of town's business centre with no reserve

Work starts on $15M Caloundra apartment building

Turning the first sod at the Aqua View Apartments site in Kings Beach are (from left) husband-and-wife developers Alex Yuan and Stella Sun with construction company Tomkins director Mike Tomkins and Councillor Tim Dwyer.

Developers excited about addition to Kings Beach skyline

Plans revealed for 1500-lot 'master-planned community'

Precinct will be bounded by Boundary St and Shoesmith Rd

Ecco Ripley sales run sparks prime release

MOVING IN: Sekisui House has announced the release of more residential blocks at Ecco Ripley.

Sekisui House is preparing to unveil more land at Ecco Ripley

Massive residential 9-storey high-rise hit by delays

An artist’s impression of the eight-storey-high apartment complex that Bernoth Holdings wants to build in South Toowoomba, next to the City Golf Club.

Developer struggles to get approved high-rise development started