Newspaper article Daily Examiner (Grafton, Australia)

Erosion Puts Motorists on Edge

Newspaper article Daily Examiner (Grafton, Australia)

Erosion Puts Motorists on Edge

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Byline: Georja Ryan georja.ryan@dailyexaminer.com.au

TAKE a drive down Great Marlow Rd, about 5-10km north-east of Grafton and you'll feel the sudden urge to suck in your breath and grit your teeth.

In some sections of the single-lane road, the riverbank has been so severely eroded that driving a few inches to the side could see you plunge off the bank and into the river.

Those who live along the road fear the days when someone is hurt, or even killed.

"The main issue is, if two cars come along, where do you go?" Great Marlow Rd resident Therese Waghorn said.

"There are no lights along here, so at night you don't realise this edge drops off and you'll go straight over.

"I've got a terrible feeling that someone's going to miss the bend and go straight into the drink."

Mrs Waghorn said with no solid tree roots in the worst sections the banks would continue to slip into the river and get closer to the road.

"All there is is this bamboo-like stuff, which just makes the bank droop and is worse off," she said. …

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