Rub­bish and roads

The Northern Star - - YOUR SAY -

WE have been res­i­dents, ratepay­ers and tax­pay­ers in this area for 12 years and have been pretty con­tent in this time.

How­ever, in the past week two is­sues have sur­faced which re­ally con­cern us.

The first is the coun­cil's de­ci­sion to re­turn to the 1990s with its re­cy­cling pol­icy.

The ABC’s War on Waste and other such pro­grams have shown that tonnes of non-degrad­able soft plas­tics go to land­fill each year, and yet, ob­vi­ously to save money, the coun­cil has taken a back­ward step and we are no longer to re­cy­cle our soft plas­tic, along with sev­eral other items that are re­cy­cled else­where. It’s a back­ward and dis­gust­ing de­ci­sion, in our view.

The sec­ond is­sue re­lates to the State Govern­ment’s de­ci­sion to im­prove the safety at the Bal­lina Road/ Bruxner High­way junc­tion at Al­stonville by ban­ning a right turn on to the Bruxner be­tween 3pm and 6pm daily.

What a joke. Does this mean that it is the only time that the junc­tion is un­safe? What are drivers meant to do when they ar­rive at the junc­tion and find they can­not turn right

I fear there will be a few more ac­ci­dents with peo­ple mak­ing il­le­gal Uturns ei­ther near the junc­tion or fur­ther down the Bruxner High­way if they have been forced to turn left.

Once again the State Govern­ment has shown its lack of con­cern for re­gional ar­eas.

The ob­vi­ous so­lu­tion, al­beit a costly one, would be the in­stal­la­tion of traf­fic lights or a round­about, but as poor cousins to Syd­ney we come out with a less than op­ti­mal so­lu­tion.

We have writ­ten to Trans­port for NSW with cc to Bal­lina Shire Coun­cil and Ta­mara Smith but doubt if we will see any ac­tion.

Bev­er­ley Simp­son, Al­ston­vale.

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