Fix the road or lose our rates
A GROUP of Tyalgum residents, fearing for their safety, have urged the Tweed Shire Council to come good on promises to seal rural bus routes in the Tweed Shire.
Brays Creek Road residents want a section of their road, which is a bus route and leads into the Mebbin State Forest, to be sealed otherwise they may reconsider paying their rates.
They have reminded the Council of their promise to seal rural bus routes with the rate increase councillors successfully implemented earlier this year.
Resident Gabby Illidge said that after recent rain a section of their road turned to mud, forcing cars to drive on the opposite side of the road to avoid getting bogged.
"I slid and I was going at only five kilometres, people fishtailed, it was really scary," she said.
"The Council only ever do a patch-up job with gravel or scraping the road - we want it sealed."
Ms Illidge said the road was regularly used by tourists and joyriders accessing the Mebbin State Forest.
"We have been told to pay for it to be sealed, but we are not going to pay for a service used by out-oftowners," she said.
Neighbour Carol Costello said she couldn't see the point in paying Council rates when the Council had not fixed their road.
"If I cannot get to work because of this road the first bill I won't pay is the Council rates," she said.
"We are out of sight, out of mind. It doesn't have to be a fancy road, just something safe. Otherwise in rain we might have to walk home."
Council operations and engineering director Mike Rayner said the Brays Creek Road would not be sealed this year because it was not identified as a priority.
"Priority roads had a number of issues including safety, access and traffic counts," he said.
A number of other roads in the Tweed Shire have been scheduled for sealing before the end of the year.