Rubbish and roads
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.