IT won't happen over night, but it will happen.
That's the lesson Vittoria Street resident Mark Ryan has taken from more than 40 years of correspondence with Bathurst Region Council concerning flooding and drainage issues outside his home.
He had been previously told a drainage pipe running under the road had been compressed by the weight of heavy vehicles on the Mitchell Highway and could not longer cope with heavy rain events.
But as rain tumbled down across the city this week Mr Ryan was celebrating a victory in his fight after a contractor from Canberra was called in to fix the problem.
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Mr Ryan is hoping it will mean an end to the 30-metre lake that previously developed between his house and Brooke Moore Oval during heavy downpours, creating a traffic hazard on the Mitchell Highway
"In fact, it has taken 41 years, 11 months and 18 days since the first letter of complaint to council in 1979," Mr Ryan said.
"[Since then] the Mount Panorama circuit has received two resurfaces, concrete safety barriers, a new pit complex, and the Caltex Chase deviation and council has spent millions of dollars each year keeping the circuit up to par, yet has been unwilling to do anything meaningful to ameliorate the problems of what the residents wryly refer to as Lake Vittoria Street."
Mr Ryan said he started having success in battle with council after Cr Warren Aubin took on the issue and he said general manager David Sherley had also been a great help. He thanked them both for their efforts.
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