IT HAS been a quarter of a century and there has still been no action on one of the city's most crucial access roads.
Residents have been calling for Boorga Road to be fixed for at least 25 years, as demonstrated in a letter presented at council last week.
The gravel road is impassable after rain and rough when it's dry and last year's floods have just made it worse, stripping most of the surface away.
At peak times, up to 35 b-double trucks use Boorga Road daily, carrying thousands of tonnes of produce out of Griffith.
On top of that, more than 200 people rely on the road to travel to work at fruit farms in the area.
Councillor Christine Stead presented a letter from 1987 to council last week, which requested Boorga Road be given priority to "withstand all types of traffic in varying weather conditions".
Today, residents are still calling for the same action.
A group of grape and melon growers have approached council, requesting the road be given precedence in its flood repair schedule.
They were told it would be "pushed up the list" but funding and resources would not allow immediate action.
The farmers have blamed the state and federal governments for not providing enough support to council to repair the vital thoroughfare.
"The road needs to be widened and heightened to improve drainage - as it is we just have to keep hoping the weather holds up while we're harvesting," melon grower Wayne Andreatta said.
"All we need is 25mm of rain and in the areas where there's no gravel it's just a lake.
"We're not asking for a three-lane highway, just a well-gravelled, cambered road."
Almost seven kilometres of the unsealed section of Boorga Road falls under Griffith council's jurisdiction, while the rest is part of Carrathool Shire.
Mr Andreatta said both councils regularly graded the road but it did not solve the inherent problems.
He and two other local farmers had spent $20,000 installing pipes and drainage in the road after the floods.
"Our federal and state politicians are happy to receive our votes and our taxes, but they're not willing to give anything back," Mr Andreatta said.
Cr Stead labelled the state of Boorga Road "atrocious", saying it brought a lot of money into Griffith.
"Because there's so much produce going along it, there's no use grading it," she said.
"We've got Roads to Recovery and flood funding and the fight to get it fixed up has been going back to 1987 - why can't we do something more?"
Council has received funds to repair Boorga Road as part of an $11 million state government flood grant but it is one of dozens of roads needing attention.
"There are a lot of flood-damaged roads but others have priority because they have a higher volume of traffic," council infrastructure and operations director Dallas Bibby said.
"Boorga Road is also on the list of roads to be constructed and sealed but that is a very long list.
"The unfortunate thing about Boorga Road is that there are a lot of farm enterprises along there but no large developments for us to collect DA (development application) fees from.
"That means there's no avenue for us to collect extra revenue to generate work there, even though the growth of the farming businesses is generating a lot of extra traffic."
Mr Bibby said many groups had come forward to ask for action on Boorga Road in the seven years he had been at council.
"We'd love to be able to do everything but we can only do so many things at once with the money and resources we have," he said.