Best option is to fix road
FOR residents on the closed Bellingen-Bowraville Road it has been nearly two years of anxiety as they wait to see what the future holds for them and their properties.
“It has been a time of such apprehension . . . like living in a half world as we wait to find out if we can stay or must go,” Irenee Wallin said.
With 42 landslides still covering the road, the process of even deciding what to do has been torturous.
Before Christmas residents and the mayors of both Bellingen and Nambucca Shire councils met with RTA representatives to go through the final stage of the funding application process – a ‘value-management workshop’.
Nambucca mayor Cr Rhonda Hoban said the workshop looked at various options, such as closing the road and buying out residents, fixing either end of the road and ignoring the centre or complete restoration.
“The workshop concluded the best long-term option was the complete restoration of the road,” Cr Hoban said.
“And the cost is estimated to be about $23 million.”
She said her council had recently lodged its claim with the RTA.
“For our end, the estimate is close to $16 million.
“We’ve done everything we can to justify this claim and are hopeful the RTA will recommend it to the minister.”