John Wallace and his mum, June, enjoy their cuppas while council staff go about the task of building a noise abatement fence be
John Wallace and his mum, June, enjoy their cuppas while council staff go about the task of building a noise abatement fence be

Front-row seats for all the action

By LEE McDOUGALL

'I'D RATHER be here than South Lebanon' came the laconic response from John Wallace when asked how he was coping with the construction of the new Harbour Drive roundabout, literally on his door step.

As owners of 248 Harbour Drive, John and his 93-year-old mother, June, have front-row seats for all the action.

The past few days the couple have attracted more than the odd stare from passing motorists as they sat on the front porch, enjoying the odd cup of tea, while Coffs Harbour City Council workers went about laying the foundations for a noise abatement fence on their property's boundary.

"I'm used to living in Granville, Sydney, so you get used to traffic noise," John said.

"As crazy as it sounds, if you take the traffic noise away, you'd miss it."

The new Harbour Drive roundabout is being built as part of the Hogbin Drive extension works.

"We can't really complain. It's been on the plans since 1959 so it's not as if we didn't know it was coming," John said.

And while John and his mum seem completely unperturbed by having a roundabout constructed literally on their doorstep, the council is hoping motorists will be just as patient and compliant when work begins in earnest next week.



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