Bypass supporters to target Sydney media
By RACHEL SCOLLAY
COULD Sydney radio hosts John Laws and Alan Jones be the saviours of the Alstonville bypass?
That was one suggestion put forward at a public meeting last night.
While others suggested protest action, such as driving 200 cars into Main Street and grid-locking Alstonville, one meeting-goer dismissed the idea as 'preaching to the converted'.
"There's no point inconveniencing local people," she said.
"We need to decide what day everybody will email Alan Jones and John Laws and ask them to get Bob Carr on air to explain his actions."
About 100 people attended last night's meeting to come up with a plan of action, after news that work on the Alstonville bypass would be delayed by as much as 18 months. The State Government is blaming a lack of funds for the delay.
Ballina MP Don Page read out a 'commitment in writing' from Premier Bob Carr, made on the eve of the 2003 State election.
He said Mr Carr clearly stated that money for the bypass had been already put aside, which meant there was no excuse for crying poor now.
He said either the funds had been diverted elsewhere, or Mr Carr had been 'having us on from the start'.
"Either way, the integrity of the Premier is at stake," he said.
The meeting resolved to target Sydney media to apply pressure on the Carr Government, and Mr Page said he would like to table a petition every day that Parliament was sitting.