Brodie Bott

Time to shine

THERE is finally some light at the end of the tunnel for the residents of Kiata Parade.

Citizens of the Tweed Heads street woke yesterday morning to the welcoming sight of Tweed Shire Council commencing work on two new street lights after being left in the dark with only six lights to illuminate 300 houses for so many years.

Resident Maurice Brown said he and more than 20 neighbours have been fighting for extra lighting for three years.

“We're all very glad to see this finally happening,” Mr Brown said.

“There have been several thefts and vandals because it has been too dark at night. I had to paint the start of my driveway white just so I could see it if I drove in at night.”

The residents of Kiata Parade were initially told by Tweed Shire Council the new lights were due to be installed by the end of the 2008-09 financial year.

Despite being a few weeks overdue, resident Albert Croft said they were pleased their battle for a brighter street was finally over.

“We had over 300 signatures from people in the street who were in favour for better lighting,” Mr Croft said. “We've been writing letters on the issue to council and (the) member of the NSW government since 2006.”

Mr Croft said without proper lighting it is dangerous for the numerous seniors and widows who live at the end of the street to go out at night.

“As soon as the sun goes down it's lockdown for a lot of houses around here,” he said.

“There have been several thefts and some damage caused at night. We believe it was due to the lack of lighting.”

Mr Croft said Cr Kevin Skinner was more than helpful in their plight for light.

“We're very thankful to him. He visited us before the council election last year and said he would get something done if elected,” Mr Croft said. “He got in and now look what we've got.”

A Tweed Shire Council spokeswoman said it was their responsibility to dig the hole for the street lights but it was up to Country Energy to fit them.

“We expect it to take a couple more days,” the spokeswoman said.

The cost of the street lights to council was $16,000.



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