Dandaloo family calls for road funding

Kate Broughton on the Jamea Road in Dandaloo. Photo: STILL FROM VIDEO.

Kate Broughton on the Jamea Road in Dandaloo. Photo: STILL FROM VIDEO.

After five months of being flooded in, the Broughton family in Dandaloo have decided enough is enough and documented their daily frustrations. 

 The ongoing rain and flooding has made the road unusable halting farming operations, school drop offs and regular trips to town for all the families on the Jamea Road situated near Narromine.

The Broughtons took the video to the Narromine Shire Council meeting on Wednesday night. Although the video was entertaining and funny for the council, the underlying seriousness of the issue was not unnoticed by the newly inducted councillors.

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Father and farmer Greg Broughton said their business is losing money and he’s frustrated he can’t get answers about when his road is getting fixed. 

“Imagine if someone just taped the door of a business in town and said nope you can’t get anything in or out of here for four months. Imagine what would happen,” he said.

“As a farmer you have to take the droughts and floods, but this?” 

Mother of three Kate Broughton said her children are missing their friends and school.

“They’re worried because holidays are coming up for two weeks so they’re not going to see any of their friends for a while,” she said.

Mr and Mrs Broughton are regularly communicating with the council, who are unable to find the funds for the road which is in excess of $500,000. 

The desperate family appealed to the member for Dubbo and deputy premier Troy Grant about their road and received a negative response.

“Existing budget constraints mean the council cannot address your concerns about Jamea Road at the moment,” he said in a letter to the Broughtons. 

Mrs Broughton said they made the video to shed some light on the situation.

“It’s amazing what you can achieve when you’re flooded in,” she laughed. 

“But we’re mainly trying to support council in getting access to grants to fix the road, because it’s not just us who are affected by this.”

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