Following an investigation into missing bond monies to construct a safe intersection on the Princes Highway with Government Road, Bega Valley Shire Council will seek quotes to build slip lanes that would provide safe access to the Eden Cove estate.
Deputy mayor Russell Fitzpatrick is behind the call for costings.
“I think it needs to be a priority (to construct a safe intersection) but costs could be anywhere up to $1million and we don’t have that sort of money to spend at the drop of a hat,” Mr Fitzpatrick said.
“A costing report will take four to six weeks and will be raised at the next council meeting after that.”
“We would have to delay other projects to bring this one forward,” he said.
A spokesperson for Eden Cove residents, Mike Stebbings, agrees the highway intersection is important.
“Our main concern is Government Road, and also the vegetation issues all around the subdivision, including clearance of their (councils) own reserves."
The sliplanes would provide traffic with an extra lane in each direction to safely pass turning vehicles.
The intersection between Government Road and the Princes Highway became a cause of some controversy when it was revealed earlier this year that bond monies for constructing the highway intersection had mistakenly been repaid to the then-developer of the premier subdivision.
An audit report by Kothes Chartered Accountants found that BVSC mistakenly released $365,000 of bond monies back to the developer in 2005.
The mistake was discovered in 2008, and since then council says the procedures for releasing bond money have been reviewed and improved.
The mistake is said to have occurred because of the multitude of bonds held by Council for the Eden Cove development, and insufficient detail/instruction given in a memo provided for the release of the bonds.
The bond is now deemed unrecoverable, with the original developers no longer responsible for the subdivision.