Mowing claim denied
By PETER CATON
SENIOR members of the Tweed Shire Council staff have denied programs for slashing grass have been dropped to slash costs.
Concerns that the council's budget has again been trimmed to reduce costs, with roadside grass slashing the latest victim, were raised yesterday by one resident who says it is affecting his need to walk.
Stokers Siding beekeeper Vic Metcalfe said he rang the council to complain about overgrown roadsides. However Mr Metcalfe said he was told no money would be available for slashing until September.
"It is dangerous," Mr Metcalfe told the Daily News.
"I have got a medical condi- tion and I am required to get out and walk twice a day.
"If you are walking on the road and a car comes along then you have to get off.
"The other day I tripped on an old roadside post that was lying in the long grass.
"Plus there are big brown snakes hiding in there that you have to be careful of."
However senior council finance office Michael Chorlton said a quarterly budget review in April had not had any effect on the council's roadside slashing programs.
"I'd suggest the blokes have received their budget allocation and they have slashed as much as they can," he said.
Mr Chorlton added that the program was also usually seasonal, with a reduced workload normal for the winter months.
The council's works manager Ian Kite admitted that several equipment breakdowns over summer had put the slashing program behind schedule.
"But we are getting on top of it now," he said.
Mr Kite said he had full confidence that Stokers Siding roadsides would be slashed some time before September.