Lions say thank you
Many thanks to the Bay and Basin community for their ongoing support of Jervis Bay Lions Club. Leading up to Easter we held a raffle to raise funds to help with flood relief. Raffle ticket sales and donations totaled $2000, a great effort. Easter is a time to think of sacrifice and helping others and that's what the local community did by supporting our fundraising.
Bob Hanlon, Jervis Bay Lions Club
I feel Ted's pain
I am horrified by this report about Ted North and his fight with Transport for NSW.
I had a Duplex in 33a Bland Street, Kiama and we had the same noise issues. The highway was metres above us and the big trucks were using compression brakes just above our bedrooms. Even though several others were also affected, it took a very long time of campaigning to finally succeed.
I would be happy to sign a letter in support.
I am after three babies still extremely noise and light sensitive and can easily imagine how this noise and light pollution affects your well-being and sleep.
Bernita Spiess, South Nowra
Residents treated poorly
I understand Ted North's frustration with the contempt the relevant authorities of the bypass have showed the residents. They just do what they want, when they want, and when you question them about an issue, your are treated as a "whinger".
They just do what suits them at the time, and then hide behind some highly technical report which does not have a common sense approach to it.
I am a resident of Meroo, and have not signed off on the noise mitigation work because there appears to be no consistency with what residences were offered in those works.
Upon my requests as to why the Norths received certain measures not offered to me, I was told that they could not disclose other people's properties.
Having written to local MP Gareth Ward, to voice my concerns, I was met with another bureaucratic nightmare of buck passing.
I am still waiting to see the relevant authorities. This process started 12 months ago.
So I can emphasis with Mr North's frustration and I believe that there are many more residents feeling the same way.
Michael Duncan, Meroo Meadow
Not holding my breath
It is wonderful to see the start of the Far North Nowra Collector Road.
This road should have been constructed some 10 years ago to meet the infrastructure needs of the growing population, also as matter of safety in times of emergency.
This area has only Illaroo Road as the one road in and out.
The expected completion of the Far North Collector Road is 2023.
Based on the time it took to finally start the new roundabout and the time in which it took to build the roundabout, nearly seven months, one can only be sceptical as to the completion date of the Far North Collector Road.
The start of the new roundabout was deferred and deferred because the tendering process had not been finalised.
In fact the roundabout was started nearly five months behind schedule, which placed the worst and disruptive part of the construction process right within the Christmas holidays, when, as we know, the area is overloaded with vehicular traffic.
It was to be expected that there would be some disruption to traffic flows and of course some rough sections of road to travel over due to construction.
We had some potholes and gravel but at Christmas time, due to the construction team being off on holidays we had weeks where there were not potholes.
We had bunkers and piles of loose gravel, so I am sceptical with good reason.