Sound barrier fight taken to RTA

Short-changed: Wayne Corney and his wife Leeanne are angry that the RTA has failed to act on requests that a sound mitigation barrier on the Alstonville bypass be extended to protect their Wollongbar home.
Short-changed: Wayne Corney and his wife Leeanne are angry that the RTA has failed to act on requests that a sound mitigation barrier on the Alstonville bypass be extended to protect their Wollongbar home. Jay Cronan

WAYNE CORNEY doesn’t want any special treatment.

He just wants to know why a sound mitigation barrier, built to stop noise from the new Alstonville bypass, stops just short of his home at Wollongbar.

Despite numerous attempts to find out what the RTA plans to do to alleviate noise at his property, Mr Corney is still not satisfied.

He has lived at the location for 22 years, but says the RTA has ‘forgotten’ about him.

“We cannot believe that on a notorious stretch of road, where cars have ploughed through the guard rail opposite our property, a semi-trailer has overturned outside our bedrooms, our western fence has been demolished four times ... that there is no plan for a substantial barrier, let alone sound mitigation between the existing highway and the new highway,” Mr Corney said.

“When construction (of the bypass) was well under way, a large earth mound started to appear along the Wollongbar straight, separating the existing highway and the highway under construction.

“The mound originally stopped abruptly at the Rifle Range Road intersection.

“Further discussion saw the earth mound grow from Rifle Range Road to our eastern boundary and no further.

“In the following months we tried to have the same level of sound mitigation as all other residents along the Wollongbar stretch of the Bruxner Highway.”

A spokeswoman from the RTA confirmed that representatives had met with Mr Corney on ‘several occasions to discuss his concerns, particularly in relation to noise’.

“When the Alstonville bypass is open, the RTA will carry out further noise monitoring to determine if any additional noise mitigation is required, including Mr Corney’s property,” she said.

“If the need for noise reduction is identified work will be carried out on identified properties within six months.

“The RTA has stringent guidelines on managing noise levels.

“Thorough RTA investigations and research were carried out in the area to determine which residents and properties would be most affected by the new bypass.”

But Mr Corney just wants the same treatment that his neighbours have received.

“It’s been a rolling disaster,” he said.

“I won’t just go away and give up – I’m willing to fight because I don’t think I’m being unreasonable.”

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