Council fast-tracks Orient Ave drainage fix

Orient Point resident James Butcher in 2012
Orient Point resident James Butcher in 2012

Shoalhaven City Councillors voted to fast-track a drainage project on a flood-prone street at Orient Point.

At a meeting on Tuesday, Cr Mitchell Pakes urged his peers to heighten the project’s priority and help residents who have waited eight years for improvements to sections of Orient Avenue.

The street lies within Ward 2, the constituency that Cr Pakes represents, and fellow councillors flagged concerns about re-prioritising jobs.

“If we prioritise Orient point, who else will miss out?” Mayor Amanda Findley said.

Cr John Levett, who also represents Ward 2, voted against the motion.

“I admire Cr Pakes’ passion for his community,” Cr John Levett said.

“But I’m happy to leave our priorities up to council staff.”

Works to be completed on Orient Ave include cleaning and scraping of road verges, table drain creation, and bitumen spraying of table drains.