ROADworks must be conducted by private contractors as councils aren’t doing a good enough job Cabonne residents say.
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Lifelong Burrendong Way resident Ron Fanning said Centofanti corner past Mulyan Road is still a black spot despite Cabonne Council spending $710,000 on upgrades.

“This is worse now, it’s still a terrible black spot,” he said.

“It should have a guard rail and they should have cut out all the gumtrees.

“You can’t see past the bend if you come off you go straight into the gully or into those trees.”

Mr Fanning and resident Charlie Smith said they believed council ran out of money before they completed the job.

Mr Fanning said the works should have been carried out by private contractors.

“At least the job would have been done then,” he said.

Outgoing Cabonne councillor Kevin Duffy said this was just one of the reasons why regional councils need a shake-up.

“The select tender process has to go out of councils’ hands,” he said.

“You would get better value for money, a private contractor wouldn’t get paid until the job was done.”

Cr Duffy said Cr Janelle Culverson’s family conducts roadworks for Cabonne Council.

Cr Culverson said she always declares her interest at council meetings and because of the interest she was unable to provide comment.

Cabonne Council spokesperson Dale Jones previously stated that all works carried out on Burrendong Way were to Roads and Maritime Services (RMS) specification.

Mr Jones said the RMS approved the design and the completed job.

Cr Duffy said he had doubts about the suitability of the design.

“I question whether the design was done properly in the first place,” he said.

“As you can see from the photos there’s no difference.”

Mr Fanning said he suspected the design didn’t include the northern end of Burrendong Way.

“They’ve just left this end and have done nothing,” he said.

“Those trees that are right there if you come off the road, are they in the RMS specifications?”

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IN DEEP: Cabonne resident Ron Fanning is hard to spot in a gully next to Burrendong Way at Centofanti corner. Photo: NICOLE KUTER

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