Grass overtaking street

By PETER CATON

RESIDENTS of a street just 100 metres from the heart of Murwillumbah are angry Tweed Shire Council has allowed roadside grass to grow more than a metre high.

They fear the high grass which covers a steeply sloping site off Bent Street overlooking the heart of Murwillumbah and enroute to the town lookout is not only an eyesore but harbours snakes.

But in December, council officials rejected claims of cutbacks to the maintenance and mowing program and even promised to improve maintenance of one central Murwillumbah area, Knox Park, where syringes were found in grass and toilets.

That followed an incident in which a young boy was prick- ed by a discarded syringe, prompting medical tests.

Bent Street resident Brian Lack said some grass alongside his street had been mown but the rest was then left.

Mr Lack said when he repeatedly complained to council staff he was eventually told the tractor had broken down.

"A lot of visitors come up here on the way to the lookout. They must not get a very good impression," he said.

"We've had brown snakes and carpet snakes come out of the grass. We don't want kids confronted by that."

The council's recreation services manager Stewart Brawley said this summer had been "a particularly vigorous growing season" making it difficult to keep up with the busy mowing schedule.

Murwillumbah Business Chamber president Phil Youngblutt, who last year warned of maintenance cutbacks, said his information that new staff would not be put on had proved correct.

"We have gone from quite a few bad seasons in drought conditions to a really good normal season," he said.

"The council isn't buying any more machines or putting more staff on."



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