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Scenic Drive Road Closure Petition

from Don’t put people’s lives at risk! | Tweed Shire Council (nsw.gov.au)

Bilambil residents are being impacted by the ongoing closure of Scenic Drive due to storm damage. The Tweed Shire Council (TSC) says fixing this road could take 12 months, but in the view of rate payers and residents who rely on this road, it is essential its given urgent priority.

Residents in Bilambil reported hearing the army offered to help but was turned away because the road isn’t a state road, “just” a local road. Just shameful TSC for allowing bureaucracy to inconvenience your rate payers!

Specialist engineers are on the ground and geotechnical investigations are underway to assess the safety of the landslips and inform the design and construction of repairs.

Don’t put people’s lives at risk! | Tweed Shire Council (nsw.gov.au)

We urge the TSC to expedite its repair. The closure is inconveniencing residents who rely on it daily and most importantly extending response times of essential services including police, ambulance/medical and fire.

The alternative route into Bilambil through Terranora adds roughly 30 minutes drive time – delaying emergency services, adding transport costs (and increasing greenhouse emissions) and impacts businesses in the area.

Please help us petition our local council (TSC). So far we have 130 signatures

Fix Scenic Drive Bilambil Heights

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Things to know

  • The petition is being coordinated by local residents (in Bilambil Heights)
  • Our only aim is to petition the TSC to urgently remedy Scenic Drive
  • We must collect and confirm your email address to submit this petition. Once the petition is formally submitted to TSC, it will be used only to advice you of the TSC response to this petition
  • This petition will be submitted when a minimum of 20 signatures are collected and resent on each additional 20 signatures are received
  • For this petition to accepted to council, we must include your email address when lodging
  • Once TSC tables this petition, we WILL delete your contact details from our server and will not keep data or use in any way contrary to this petition.
  • We expect that TSC will use its own council communications to maintain contact with its residents
  • This page is open to comments – please feel free to share your experience with others. All comments will be moderated (sorry, just the ways of the world at mo)

15 thoughts on “Scenic Drive Road Closure Petition

  1. Call logs to council etc will be placed in the comments. Feel free to add anything you see fit relating to scenic drive.

    28/04/2022 @ 12:00 via phone: Contact with council to understand reasons works to scenic drive has been delayed (floods occurred almost 2 months to date).
    Nicky (receptionist??) advised message has been left with Steve Paff (senior engineer Roads and Water section) who will return my call within 2 business days as per TSC policy.

    02/04/2022 @ 1621 via phone: Discussed with Stephen several points of residents concern – lack of community engagement, 12 month delay until repairs, impacts and cost to residents while this road is closed.
    Stephen advised that community has been sent a flyer via regular mail advising them of council actions and said flyer is installed at the Top Shop – noted that I have not seen a flyer from council in my mail, requested a copy via email.

    03/04/2022 via email: copy of flyer received which confirmed 12 months before road repairs will be completed. I canvassed several households on Broadwater Esp and confirmed that no one else has received the flyer. Flyer posted on this website click here.

    Replied all to Stephens email (new council addition Michelle Bernabe-Salazer) advising of above and reiterated concerns residents have. See below for transcript.

    Hi Stephen. Decided to go for a walk to my neighbours on Broadwater esplanade tonight. I’ve spoken with 10 other households and received 100% failure of this flyer reaching them – none of them have seen it and feedback is consistent as stated that residents are not aware of councils plans or activities to remedy scenic drive.

    Hope that helps

  2. If this had happened anywhere else in country it would be fixed by now. TSC are about as reliable as a third world government!

    1. Erich Thill says:

      The fact work hasnt commenced is a disgrace, how on earth can 5 suburbs dependant on this road function with this delay in fixing Scenic drive
      Night Repair work on Terranora rd and Bilambil rd is essential on dangerous potholes due to massively heightened traffic as a result of Scenic drive closure.

  3. My husband works in Brisbane and we are Bilambil Heights residents, this is a significant time and price rise for us not having this road fixed!

    I worry about his safety all the time now having to drive the extra distance and his fatigue working such long hours. I don’t see how fixing this main road into Bilambil Heights isn’t a priority?

    Since the back way through Terranora is our only way in and out, the road is an absolute mess always having to dodge potholes! Why is this not kept on top of?

    Something needs to be done it’s just ridiculous!

  4. The delay of these repairs is not acceptable. Other major collapsed roads like this were fixed immediately by other council areas & they served a less dense population than all those families suffering due to the collapse of scenic drive. Tweed shire council need to put this as a priority, it should already be fixed! & is putting our council residents in extreme danger with all the excess population on Terranora road, a road which is not suitable or designed safely for this many cars! Due to the unwarranted delay & lack of repairs to scenic drive, the increased amount of cars on Terranora road is extremely dangerous & the cause of many future accidents with cars right up the backside of local residents who are trying to turn into their driveways & roads leading off Terranora rd. I for one have merely escaped many collisions! Terranora can not safely cater for all these cars, servicing 2 schools, no fixed school crossings in place for our children! No walking pathways to school for our children! No turning lanes into streets leading off Terranora road! To ease traffic flow & avoid collisions…& no temporary slower road signs in place to cater for all homes that have direct acres to their driveways from Terranora road.
    We pay plenty of high council rates in Terranora & bilambil, council should be onto these fixes immediately for the safety of its local residents, there’s no excuse! If other councils can manage to do major repairs swiftly straight after the floods…which are worse than this & service a lessor denser population, than you (tweed shire council ) can too! It needs to be on the priority list & repaired now! No excuses.

  5. TSC are a joke! Why do we now have to wait for them to release to tender and then wait till June for the tender to close. Do some overtime and get the tender out yesterday! Dr’s, nurses, aged care workers can all work double shifts, perhaps council can stay back a few hours and get the tender done.
    Why was army help rejected? Why haven’t are rates reduced? Clearly we are not being provided with a road that we pay for so why should we pay for this?
    Will council reimburse us for wheel damage, wheel alignments when there is no where to go and you have to hit the huge pot holes that we face everyday.
    Will council reimburse us for petrol costs? Is it going to take someone to die on this road for council to start paying attention. How many more accidents will we see?
    The frustration is real and for them to say be patient is a joke. They do not understand what is residents are going through because if the mayor or councillors had to drive that road everyday, pay for their own car and petrol, it would have already been fixed.
    Give us back our road. If you can’t , give it to someone who can not in 12 months but NOW!

    1. Well said, there is a lot of frustrated rate paying residents on the ‘hill’.

      If the reports about the army offering to help are accurate and offer refused this is just UNACCEPTABLE

  6. How about a reduction in rates for the next 12 months to cover the extra petrol Bilambil Heights residents like me are burning going via Terranora?

  7. Erich Thill says:

    Absolutely!!
    The damage on our cars is already significant.
    There isnt even sufficient lighting to assist us seeing deadly potholes

  8. I am extremely frustrated at the length of time suggested for the fix of Scenic Drive. I do several trips a day out of Bilambil Heights to Tweed Heads and it is costing me a fortune in petrol & time. My first trip is at 5:30am in the morning when it is dark and very scary due to all of the pot holes with new ones appearing daily. I worry for my safety every trip as well as the safety of the other 3 x other working people that live in my house It takes an extra 20 minutes to get anywhere and an extra 20 minutes to get home. With $21 allocated to roads from every $100 charged on my land rates I want to know why we are still being charged full rates. If it really is going to take 12 or more months to fix the road why isnt Council offering Bilambil Residents fuel vouchers to compensate for the extra petrol being spent & extra wear and tear on our cars??? Maybe a $50 voucher per week per driver to all residents in Bilambil Heights. In all honesty, $50 a week wouldnt even scratch the surface on my weekly fuel bill but it would help. Things are hard enough for many families as it is without this extra expense. I am fed up with my anxiety levels at an all time high. I pray daily that no one on this hill requires urgent medical help as emergency services will take way too long to get here without the use of Scenic Drive. I feel like we are all sitting ducks and 12 months from when it actually starts to be fixed is a ridiculous and unacceptable time frame. If the tender closes at the end of June it probably wont even start to be repaired until sometime in July. That is not good enough TSC.

  9. I am absolutely horrified to have seen the route my family have to use to commute every day on. This road is incredibly dangerous for the residents of Bilambil. This needs immediate attention to have Scenic Drive fixed! Please don’t wait until there is a fatality!

  10. I am appalled they say they sent a flyer. We have never received any flyer.
    I would like to see weekly regular updates.
    The Tweed Shire was declared a national disaster due to floods wasn’t it? If so there should be federal funding available easily to fix the road.
    More communication would be a good start.

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