A Byabarra farmer has taken his complaints against Port Macquarie-Hastings Council's handling of its unsealed road network to the Independent Commission Against Corruption (ICAC).
Steven Gates says he raised other issues regarding council's work practices within his submission to the public sector watchdog.
Mr Gates also spoke about his concerns during a presentation to the open forum at council's August meeting.
He says his complaint to ICAC centres on council's level of services to communities alongside his concerns over the unsealed road network.
He has some 16 active GIPA (formerly Freedom of Information) requests seeking information from the council.
The Byabarra resident said he started seeking information from council following changes to the status of Thone River Road, which leads to his property.
"Thone River Road has been a graded road - some 1.6 kilometres long - and has three houses on it," he said.
"I asked council why we were originally on the graded road program and then why we were removed from that program.
"The road has been listed as a public road since 1909 and is the responsibility of council," he said.
The road has been listed as a public road since 1909 and is the responsibility of council.Steven Gates
Since that interaction with council, Mr Gates says he has read thousand of pages of documents over the past three months to work through council's unsealed roads policy.
"Is council treating people consistently and are they applying one standard equally across the board," Mr Gates said.
"Or are they applying different levels of service. If they are applying different minimum levels of service why, and, what's the basis of those levels of services.
"I believe the roadside maintenance program is virtually non-existent.
"There's three metre tall grass on the verge of Comboyne Road, as an example. There are massive culverts on some of these roads.
"How is council managing its duty of care to provide a safe place of work for their heavy machinery operators."
Council general manager Craig Swift-McNair says the matters raised by Mr Gates are being addressed directly with him.
"It would be inappropriate for council to make public comment," he said.
It would be inappropriate for council to make public comment.Craig Swift-McNair
Mr Gates also raised his concerns over council's current financial status which includes some $280 million in reserves. He says about $60 million to $70 million of those reserves could be used to improve the road network throughout the local government area.
The Byabarra resident says he has also raised issues with how council expends monies raised via the special rate variations.
He says councils normally apply for SRVs to target road maintenance backlogs.
"If that's the case, why have our service standards decreased and not increased," he said.
Mr Gates said he wanted council to be more transparent and accountable to the community.
He cited the poor quality of the road network as an ongoing issue.
He was also critical that council had not heeded any of the consistent calls from the community to fix roads.
"If you look at every community survey council has undertaken, roads is the number one priority for residents," he said.
"Roads are considered a core responsibility, a core priority, of council.
"The community has been screaming out for more funds to be spent on our roads. But is council listening?"
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