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28 June 2001

Community Consultation Meeting: Good news for users of Cumborah Road


Barbara Moritz with Vic North, General Manager, Walgett Shire Council

A series of Community Consultation meetings have been welcomed throughout the Shire to introduce the Draft Management Plan.

The Lightning Ridge meeting held Thursday June 21, chaired by Councillor Prue Hutchinson in the absence of Mayor Allan Friend, welcomed discussion on the Plan and sought input on matters of concern.

It was a well attended meeting with representatives from interest

groups, organisation leaders and community members presenting many valid points for consideration.

A strong deputation from the Ratepayers and Roadusers Association, headed by May Searle, was first to be heard.

Their continuing concerns for the users of the Cumborah Road and growing statistics were tabled.

The well publicised state of the road earlier in the week prompted an inspection by the Engineering Department and a proposal was formulated to gravel a larger section of the road.

It was felt this was more feasible than 2 kilometre bitumen sections.

The proposal involved surfacing to a depth of six inches ready for compaction drawing from local stockpiles and utilising the offer of self-help cartage.

This proposal will be presented to the special roads meeting, July 27 when consideration is given to distribution of funds.

The Cumborah group welcomed the proposal but will continue to lobby State Government for the additional funding needed to secure bitumen sealing for this strip.

Ramps on the road were also of concern to users. Alignments, legalities and design levels have delayed the installation of ramps.

Drainage and water problems were high on Council’s considerations in the Draft Management Plan.

Distribution from the bore baths, effluent, stormwater, an upgrade of the water supply and a cooling program were discussed.

Chris Edwards, an engineer employed by Richard Mallouk to devise a means of supply to the indoor heated pool under construction gave examples of successful schemes that he had implemented utilising artesian water at Cunnamulla, Thargomindah and Blackall.

"You have the resource, use it," was Mr Edwards’ advice.

"Go easy on native vegetation," was the express wish of Jan, who conducts native tours in the area.

An amenity block behind the Caltex; sealing Onyx Street to the new hydrant; an extension of Pandora Street to the Three Mile Road; and a parking area for heavy vehicles were presented on behalf of the Lightning Ridge Chamber of Commerce and Industry Inc by Eddie Webb.

Chamber President, Stephen Eldridge, supported calls for a community park.

Though the establishment of public toilets at the Historical Site on the Castlereagh Highway would create maintenance problems, the need was identified and will be further investigated.

An accurate study of the traffic flow on Cumborah Road is being sought by the Ratepayers and Roadusers Association. Council have agreed that it is preferable for this to be done under their auspices.

Burren Junction and Lightning Ridge recorded good attendances at the Consultation Meeting but numbers were down in other localities.

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