Newspaper article The Northern Star (Lismore, Australia)

Praise for Council's Work on Link Road

Newspaper article The Northern Star (Lismore, Australia)

Praise for Council's Work on Link Road

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I WOULD like to take this opportunity to congratulate Lismore City Council for grading Sheehan Road recently.

This must be the first time in the past five years or so when it has been done without a phone call from me.

On this occasion the eastern end of the road was only up to 20 potholes per metre and, as I am aware of how many terrible roads the council is responsible for, I would normally wait a bit longer.

However, I did have a scary incident a few weeks ago when I came round a bend in the road to come face-to-face with a car on the wrong side of the road, obviously trying hard to pick their way between the holes, but concentrating so hard on the hole they didn't notice the traffic.

Last year, after a suggestion made by council staff, I did raise a petition requesting that Sheehan Road be sealed. It is the only part of the route between Coraki and Broadwater not to be sealed. It is only about 3km in length.

It is, however, in Lismore City Council territory, whereas Coraki and Broadwater are in Richmond Valley Council.

After I had submitted more than 700 signatures I received correspondence in return, which basically stated that petitions were not regarded in the council's decision-making process on such issues. So much for democracy.

I obviously have a vested interest in the condition of Sheehan Road; I drive along it in order to go to and from my work as a doctor for Coraki.

Sometimes I make the trip several times in the one day. I currently work on call on a 1 in 2 roster, so that is a lot of trips.

Although I purchased the best new rally car I could in 2002, last year I had to replace the rear suspension. I have had heaps of flat tyres over the past few years, the record being two in one day, on separate trips fortunately.

Anyhow, the road is currently really nice and smooth. It almost feels like I am in the 21st Century and in the best country on the planet.

Family matters

I AM seeking information about my late maternal grandmother, Matilda Mary Ann Moss. She was born in 1883 at Wyrallah, NSW. She married John Hutley in April 1903 and was divorced sometime around 1910. …

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