Truckload of safety fear
RESIDENTS claim a tanker truck plying their narrow rural road is placing lives at risk and is repeatedly breaching the consent conditions of the local water business it is working for.
Residents say they have been complaining for two years about the tanker using Urliup Rd carting water extracted from a bore on a Bilambil property.
Urliup Rd runs from Murwillumbah to Dungay.
The bore owner has Tweed Shire Council consent for a truck no longer than 6m to make one round- trip a day to cart water.
But the residents say a much longer water tanker is used, which makes up to seven round-trips a day for nearly 5km on the road.
They say cars are often forced to pull off the road or back up when they meet the tanker and they hold fears for the local school bus.
The council has confirmed that two penalty infringement notices of $1500 each have been issued for breach of development consent relating to the water business.
But the owner is seeking to modify his consent so a 14-16m truck can be used on six round-trips a day.
A council spokesman said they were taking local residents' concerns into consideration while they reviewed the request.
He said the applicant claimed that with improvements to Urliup Rd the truck could safely navigate it but this was yet to be assessed. The matter is expected to come before the council in the next two months, with residents promising opposition.
Mayor Gary Bagnall said the residents' concerns had to be weighed up against the needs of the business.
Attempts to contact bore owner Larry Karlos were unsuccessful.