Year 10 student in a dust up with council

JACINTA Rushworth's school holiday project is a little different to those of most Year 10 students.

The teenager is campaigning to persuade Coffs Harbour City Council to tar her road.

She has written to the council saying that residents, especially asthmatics like herself, are affected by the dust from the road and ambulances have 'a hard time getting down the road'. She told council the track was also dangerous in the wet.

Nana Creek Road is a pretty but narrow country road which winds through timbered country near Nana Glen. The first 700 metres is bitumen, the balance gravel.

“Everyone on Nana Creek Road wants the road tarred,” said Jacinta.

Residents have a file of letters dating back to 1998, showing various requests and petitions in 1999, 2001, 2002 and 2004. A spokeswoman for the council said the council never threw letters away, but she could find only one complaint in five years.

She said council had responded immediately to a March 2008 complaint about potholes; the road was given maintenance grading and pothole patching and a staff member had recently inspected the road and found it in good repair.

With too many roads and too little money, council uses a formula for dust sealing which includes the numbers of houses, safety issues and bus routes. She said Nana Creek Road did not rank high on the list.

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