District Council of Yankalilla on notice to fix roads at Parawa

TIME FOR ACTION: Yankalilla councillor Peter O'Neil raised concerns on the state of the roads in Parawa.
TIME FOR ACTION: Yankalilla councillor Peter O'Neil raised concerns on the state of the roads in Parawa.

Range Road and Parawa Road are major network links in the District Council of Yankalilla area, but their condition has raised concerns by residents and elected members of the council.

Yankalilla councillor Peter O'Neil raised the issue of the state of the road network at the October council meeting.

"I am very concerned on the condition of Parawa Road. It is a safety risk and needs to be fixed. There are so many pot holes on the road and it is getting dangerous," Cr O'Neil said.

"To avoid the pot holes you have to drive on the wrong side of the road and a head on collision is waiting to happen."

Chair of the Parawa Progress Association Phil Bellamey agreed with Cr O'Neil and said Range Road and Parawa Road had been "going backwards for a number of years".

"The roads have been degraded for the past six years and the patch work which has been undertaken is not good enough," Mr Bellamey said.

"You get frustrated at the length of time it takes council to fix the problem."

Mr Bellamey highlights the increased use of the roads, in particular Range Road, which is the gateway to Cape Jervis and Kangaroo Island and the heavy load the road takes by trucks, as a major reason why the road needs to addressed.as quickly as possible.

"Forestry SA uses the road and with the hauling of logs at harvest time it impacts on the condition of the road," he said.

"It has slowly aged and it cannot take the weight of the logging.

"Forestry SA and the state government must take some kind of liability, as they are users of the road and should help with its repair. If an accident occurs, who will be liable?

"With summer coming there will be more traffic and there are parts of Range Road, such as at Talamara Corner that have been in disrepair for quite awhile. It needs to be fixed."

At the council meeting, Yankalilla Council CE Nigel Morris said he would look into the issue.

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