In response to John Paskins’ comments (Gloucester Advocate, April 4) in regards to the nature of Moppy Road, we would like to express our objection with his opinion. John rarely, if ever, travels on Moppy Road and his desire to halt the widening and tarring of it would not be supported by residents at Moppy. The council has done what it can in past years to try and improve our road through widening and increasing the bitumen on the roads leading to it, for which we are very grateful. These improvements increase the safety of rural roads like ours and also help reduce the costly wear and tear on our vehicles. James and Annie Laurie, Gloucester
My name is Susan Watson and I own and operate the Gloucester Tops Riverside Caravan Park. John Paskins’ opinion on tarring Gloucester Tops Road is laughable, he has called our tourists, “terrorists” for as long as I have known him. Without tourists our town and surrounding operators would not be here. Tarring our road would increase visitors and overseas visitors in hire cars could venture out of town. I can tell you flat tyres, broken windscreens and car accidents would decrease rapidly. Council can tar as much of Gloucester Tops Road as they want. Bring it on. Susan Watson, Gloucester
I’ve stuffed up again, but the reality is if I’d have called for a public meeting by notifying my neighbours, the chances are a minimal amount would have turned up. Yes, I called for a moratorium on ‘black-top’ and I think with good reason. There was a time in Gloucester when Church Street closed up at noon Saturday and didn’t re-open til 9am Monday. These days it’s 7/11, 364 days of the year and all because of “terrorists”. I label our visitors that because on occasions it can be quite a terrifying experience when you encounter them on a dirt road. If council tars Gloucester River and Rawdon Vale roads and as there is no centre lane visitors will proceed at speeds of around 80 kph. What I’m asking for is a win, win, lose situation. That is wildlife and cows use the area, the visitors experience a situation that is devoid of tar, cement and mobile coverage, and the “lose”; council will be required to turn the pot holes upside down every three months and send out the grader more than once every 15 months as the current budget allows.
All in all, what I’m saying is keep these roads as they have been for more than 100 years and covert them as a “tourist experience”. Bottom line: the subject needs discussion; I propose Rawdon Vale fire shed for the venue, if Thelma can be convinced to bake a sponge cake then it’s almost guaranteed there will be full attendance. John Paskins, Gloucester
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