Leyburn residents James Harrigan, Janet Kavanagh, Frank Beerens, Shaun Harrigan, Kathy Beerens and Merice Olsen.
Leyburn residents James Harrigan, Janet Kavanagh, Frank Beerens, Shaun Harrigan, Kathy Beerens and Merice Olsen. Contributed

Sprint barriers rev up fury

THE phones were ringing off the hook with angry Leyburn residents left fired up after a Daily News article printed in Tuesday's paper.

While many callers - frustrated with the cement barriers lining their streets all year around - decided to remain anonymous due to what they described as fear of retribution from Leyburn Sprint supporters - resident Janet Kavanagh decided it was time to speak up.

Like many who called in, Ms Kavanagh said she had no issue with the sprints.

"I love the race, I get so excited ... watching it," she said.

"But the supreme arrogance of the (Sprints) committee to say they can't afford to move them but to put them there anyway. What did they think was going to happen?"

Leyburn Sprints committee president Ann Collins said no-one had approached her directly with any issues, apart from once at an AGM in 2010 - despite residents saying a petition had been sent directly to Mrs Collins via registered mail.

"I'd invite them to ring me at anytime," Mrs Collins said.

On allegations of intimidation, Mrs Collins said that certainly wasn't the case.

"And that will never happen," she said.

Residents said after months of seeing grass creep up the side of the barriers, a council worked on them on Tuesday - but only the on the sides facing the streets.

A council spokeswoman said the area was maintained fortnightly by Allora-based Parks and Gardens crew.

"The crew mows the parks and road reserves so anything sitting on the road reserves such as a telegraph or light pole or a sprints barrier would be mowed and whipper snipped around," she said.


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