These concrete barriers could become a work of art if race director Dennis Brown has his way.
These concrete barriers could become a work of art if race director Dennis Brown has his way.

Residents complain about barriers

CONCRETE barriers at Leyburn could be transformed into works of art and tourist attractions, if the community agrees with the ingenuous scheme.

The 100 x 7.2 tonne barriers were donated to the Leyburn Sprints ahead of this year’s event, replacing the tyres used previously, and dramatically improving the safety of spectators.

However, council has since received complaints from residents as the barriers have not been removed.

They say they have become a target for vandals and are an eyesore.

At last week’s round of committee meetings, Engineering director Peter See told councillors it would cost about $8500 to remove them and then a further $8500 to bring them back before next year’s events – a price tag all councillors agreed was too much.

Leyburn Sprints Race director Dennis Brown is only too aware of the complaints and said it would be discussed at the November AGM.

However, he has come up with a quirky suggestion for local community groups to paint the grey concrete and turn it into art.

“At our November AGM, we will be more than happy to discuss everything with local residents and come to a solution,” he said.

“We intended to suggest art competitions or art groups paint the blocks make them look more attractive, hopefully that will stop graffiti too.

“It’s the same old story – if the event makes more, that money goes back into the community and groups, but if we have to spend money moving the barriers, it’s the worst outcome for the community because we’ll have to spend that money.

“But we want to sit down and talk about it.”

Mr Brown suggested the local school, historical society, RSL and other community organisations could all get involved and that it could even become a tourist attraction like Bathurst.



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