It has taken 11 years to clear a 20 metre strip of land to provide Mirador residents with an escape route in the case of bushfire or some other emergency.
A poor planning decision on the part of the Bega Valley Shire Council 11 years ago deprived residents in the Camilla Court area of an emergency access.
Over the years residents have lobbied the council to establish an access fearful that lives could be lost should a crisis eventuate.
In April 12, 2011 council resolved to open negotiations with the owners of 51 Camilla Court with the aim of purchasing a portion of the land to enable the construction of an emergency access. But council’s bid came unstuck when the owners sold the property.
However the New Year brings good news for residents with the announcement by the owner and developer of Mirador Estate, the RCL Group, that it has opened an access.
The purchase of the 51 Camilla Court property by the RCL Group has enabled it to clear the area and make the access/egress driveable.
“We purchased the property to ensure access for the residents. The safety of the residents and future residents is important to us,” said development manager Angus Ramsay.
“We believe it is time someone took some action before someone is injured.”
Mr Ramsay flagged that the RCL Group would be seeking council’s co-operation in further establishing it as part of an upgraded road to connect the Mirador Estate with Merimbula’s Berrambool Drive.