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New South Wales farmer Kate Broughton standing on a road that use to be able to handle a school bus but is barely used these days due to the condition of the road and lack of maintenance and repair.
New South Wales farmer Kate Broughton standing on a road that use to be able to handle a school bus but is barely used these days due to the condition of the road and lack of maintenance and repair. Kerri-Anne Mesner

A FARMING family has created a video submission to their local council to get their rural road fixed.

Kate Broughton posted the video on Facebook which was viewed over 24,000 times in 20 hours and shared over 800 times.

She said this was our submission to councillors regarding Jamea Road and the dire straights rural roads face due to a lack of funding.

The couple have been lobbying to have nine kilometres of road upgraded for 10 years.

One response they received from council suggested that the council could not afford to maintain people's 'lifestyle choice' and maintain all rural roads like Jamea Road.

It has been covered in flood water for five months, leaving the family unable to get cattle, sheep, hay or grain out and to the markets.

They can not get fuel trucks in order to have enough fuel for tractors or planes that could land on the airstrip on their property which could provide services such as crop dusting, bringing the family food and other essentials.

"It's a serious topic but we have tried to have a laugh," Mrs Broughton said.

The video is targeted at Narromine Shire Council in New South Wales over Jamea Road.

"Our driveway is good gravel its the council road that take so long to get in and out. We just avoid going anywhere unless we have to," Mrs Broughton said.

"I can't believe anyone said lifestyle choice when you pay that much in rates! That alone would make me see red.," Helen Irving McIsaac posted in reaction to what was said and shown in the video.

"We had the same reaction, that staff member doesn't work there any more," Kate Broughton replied.

"The current staff are a lot more understanding and helpful. The sad thing is that the road was good enough for a school bus from Tottenham 30 years ago but can't get a 4WD down it now."

Topics:  council, editors picks, road, rural, rural road



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