THANKYOU. The sign says it all and represents a "groundswell of community desire" from Manning Point residents to thank Greater Taree City Council (GTCC) for its work on Manning Point Road and the construction of a landscape mound.
The Concerned Citizens of Manning Point Group recently held a meeting "in response to a groundswell of community desire to thank the local GTCC" and according to group spokesman, Bruce Field, the "community has been highly appreciative of the dedicated efforts of GTCC to satisfy some of our most pressing concerns over the last two or more years."
Over the last two years, three stages of the Manning Point Road project has seen $3.6 million spent to improve the road, funded through federal, State and local sources.
As part of the works, council also completed $20,000 in landscaping works for a landscaping mound. Topsoil was recently added to improve growth on the mound, which has been seeded with hydro-mulch to help ensure good grass coverage and stabilisation.
"We the people of Manning Point applaud our proactive GTCC for not sitting on their hands ... instead tirelessly working with us on and towards eventual solutions."
Mr Field described the roadworks as "quite a revelation".
"Manning Point Road is starting to resemble less like a goat track, and in newly built sections, today more like a class one road!" he said.
"These new sections on Oxley Island and now between Factory Road and Caramar Drive have won explicit praise for their design and quality from locals and tourists.
"The maintenance crew deserve special mention as they have kept traffic flowing and created a congenial atmosphere with minimal hold-ups over the entire construction phase to date. They are a top crew of men and women indeed!"
Mr Field says the new landscape mound "has been particularly well received by all locals."
"To our delight, GTCC certainly made every effort to consider and protect our pristine environment in the construction phase of the landscape mound," Mr Field said.
"To their credit, it has not taken any short cuts in the construction."
Mr Field says the group will suggest to council that it consider a line of strategically spaced bollards be built on the top of the landscape mound.
"A number of drivers are already driving over or parking on top of the mound," Mr Field said.
"Locals are chasing people off the bank now, but in holiday periods this will become nightmarish and possibly cause destruction of parts of the landscape mound."
Mr Field says the group will also suggest to council that it also consider erecting signage to try to prevent damage.