Dear Residents of Bellingen Shire,
During the last few days residents have been inconvenienced by the landslides on Waterfall Way.
During my lifetime this has always been a problem. Individuals have been trying to get sealed, alternative roads that people can travel on when such events happen.
We in the Dorrigo area have been asking for the alternative route through Cascade, Coramba to Coffs Harbour to be sealed and upgraded. This would involve Bellingen Shire Council talking to Coffs Harbour Council, the National Parks & Wildlife Service, State Forestry and our local Members of Parliament.
An alternative round trip would not only benefit us now when we are cut off but also when it is fine and tourists are looking for different routes to travel.
It would benefit both Dorrigo and those living on the coast. As our population grows, we should be looking to the future.
This was one of two projects funded by the Drought, Bushfire & Flood funding, put forward by us at a “Consultative” meeting in Dorrigo.
$50,000 was allocated. I haven’t heard what has happened with this funding.
Councilor Desmae Harrison has also been a keen advocate of an alternative upgraded route through Eastern Dorrigo during her time in Council.
My other concern is a similar alternative route be upgraded in the Bellinger Valley. Summerville’s Road should be sealed & upgraded to take larger vehicles during such times. Judith Ellem who lives in that area has also been advocating for many years for it to be an upgraded alternative safe road that can be used by emergency vehicles. It only needs another 3km to be sealed to make this possible.
It is now time for “People Power” to act. Will you support us by writing to your local Members of Parliament and local Councils to have some vision and start acting now for the upgrading of these roads.
From Ruth Holmes Dorrigo
(291 Mountain top Road Dorrigo 2453 phone 0427572765)