Ken Campbell of Gunnedah writes:
It would appear Gunnedah Shire Council has not assessed its priorities to its ratepayers in awarding the airport tarmac tender at a recent council meeting.
The vote was 5-4 in favour of reconstruction of the airport tarmac to accommodate commuter aircraft for city connections.
The shire has been through this experience many times before during the 1970s, 80s and 90s with the result consistently being that passengers were better serviced by the Tamworth facilities for common sense reasons.
Gunnedah Shire Council has committed $4.5 million-plus of ratepayers’ money to the project.
A better priority for the Gunnedah Shire Council would be to spend this money on the road infrastructure within the shire.
In my opinion the roads are in the worst condition I’ve seen during my 50 years of commuting in and around the shire.
The shire roads (gravel) lack regular grading maintenance (2-3 times per year) and as a result potholes, washouts and excessive corrugations are encountered on journeys.
The town roads are no better with shoulder subsidence and the infamous potholes being encountered regularly.
Gunnedah Shire Council needs to allocate money for the general “well” of the ratepayers (road users) not for the privilege of the selected high flying “few.”