in response to the article titled “Too fragile” (SD, February 24), I would like to point out that the Arumpo Road does not stop at Mungo and is in fact the main route from Mildura to Ivanhoe.
The road is utilised by the vast majority of people who live from Hatfield to Ivanhoe and beyond.
The remoteness of our location is, at times, a disadvantage, but it is enhanced by the atrocious condition of the road from Mungo to Mildura upon which we travel at least a couple of times a month to shop for groceries and so on.
At present the road is challenging in a four-wheel drive vehicle, but would be downright dangerous in a sedan.
For years the shires have been grading and patching the worst
areas of the road, only for it to deteriorate shortly after.
For years those of us who regularly travel to Mildura have been living in hope that one day soon we would see the road sealed.
It astounds me that there are some who believe that sealing the Arumpo Road would have a detrimental impact on the Lake Mungo lunette and who would prefer to discourage tourism to the national park by keeping the road as it is.
Now that most shires are progressively thinking and actively upgrading, I find this view very narrow-minded.
Tourists can choose not to rattle their vehicles down that road but people living in the outback do not have that luxury.
Peneena Station, Ivanhoe, NSW
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