Manildra's turn for the worse: concerns for lives on unsafe streets

TRUCKING HELL: Manilda resident Wayne Mullins is concerned someone will be killed if a solution to the town's trucking problems is not found soon.

TRUCKING HELL: Manilda resident Wayne Mullins is concerned someone will be killed if a solution to the town's trucking problems is not found soon.

MANILDRA resident Wayne Mullins believes it is only a matter of time before someone is seriously injured or killed by a truck that is forced to turn around in unsafe conditions in the town. 

The streets in Manildra were not wide enough, there was no safe staging area for trucks to use and trucks were forced to park along the streets, which meant people pulling out of driveways could not see oncoming traffic, Mr Mullins said.

“Manildra is one of the most successful towns in the central west, industrial wise, with Manildra Flour Mill and MSM Milling who both employ many people but their trucks have to come through the town and rightly so,” he said. 

“But the poor beggars have nowhere to camp, turn around or just wait for their load.”

Mr Mullins said trucks used the Manildra Bowling Club car park to turn around but in the process ripped up the asphalt.

Mr Mullins, who is club president, said recently an elderly lady fell in one of the potholes left by the trucks but “thankfully” she was not seriously injured.

“It got me thinking who would be liable for that?” he said.

“Cabonne Council have been marvellous patching potholes in the local club ... but we have ground to put in a parking lot or roundabout but we ignore the fact danger is near,” Mr Mullins said. 

A Roads and Maritime Services (RMS) spokesperson said RMS delegates recently met with representatives from Cabonne Council and the Manildra Flour Mill to discuss options for heavy vehicle turning and parking in Manildra.

“The RMS understands council is considering establishing a parking and turning facility on the western edge of Manildra,” the spokesperson said in a statement. 

The RMS provided Cabonne Council with typical designs for such facilities, she said. 

But Mr Mullins is worried a solution will be put off because it has been ignored for years.

The Central Western Daily was unable to contact Cabonne mayor Ian Gosper. 

nicole.kuter@fairfaxmedia.com.au

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