Campaign passes halfway mark

THE ‘campaign 10,000’ for better and safer roads and bridges in the Manning Valley is well past the half way mark.

There are more than 200 petition hosts across the district with 60 just in Wingham.

Isabella Street is saturated with petition hosts and last weekend a team of Manning Alliance volunteers secured 2000 signatures at the Wingham Show.

According to Clr Peter Epov who started the campaign, the single most successful host so far is the Shell Petrol Station on Murray Road in Wingham, “they have secured over 450 signatures so far which is a tremendous result,” he said.

Clr Epov said they still need more merchants and individuals to come forward to host petitions in Taree and this week all efforts will be mostly concentrated on this area.

As Clr Epov devotes more time to the campaign he said he is driven by the horror stories he has been hearing while speaking to members of the community.

“There are accidents and incidents occurring all throughout the region on a daily basis due to the state of our roads. The damage to vehicles and tyres is a massive cost that is unnecessarily imposed on people’s lives, and what precious savings that people do have should be reserved for important priorities,” he said.

Clr Epov also said he has been particularly shocked by the number of tourists who have eagerly signed the petition, “They tell me that we have the worst roads in the nation.”

“We need more funding for our roads and bridges and what limited financial resources the Council has must be spent wisely and we must deliver results to the community.”

Volunteers are still being sought to help with the campaign. Phone 6550 5853 or Email: campaign4betterroadsandbridges@gmail.com.

The  Facebook address is: https://www.facebook.com/Campaign4BetterRoadsandBridges

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