CARS to take on trucks
By DAWN COHEN
HERE'S a question: What tank could solve the Pacific Highway truck problem?
The answer: A new North Coast think-tank called CARS, according to its spokesman, Tony Gilding.
The Community Alliance for Road Sustainability (CARS) wants interstate trucks off the Pacific Highway.
"We will push for an upgrade of the Pacific Highway into a functional road for tourists and local traffic," said the Newrybar resident.
"There are 2000 trucks on the Pacific Highway every day.
"By 2020, there will be 5000 travelling through our beautiful coastal land.
"For now, interstate trucks can use the New England Highway. But in the long-term there should be a highway built to the west that won't interfere with dwellings."
The organisation is lobbying the State Government to see the error of its highway policies, rather than focusing on the RTA.
"The RTA does not have the political power to implement the changes we are suggesting," he said.
Mr Gilding purchased his 40ha home on Old Byron Road in January, planning to reforest the land as an eco-tourist venture.
Two months later, the RTA announced its six-lane upgrade plans.
"I can't build holiday cabins with views of a petrol station and a truck stop," said the former Sydneysider.
CARS includes members from Ewingsdale to Tintenbar, representing local views expressed at the upgrade information meetings.
"We want to stay a small thinktank, but we are seeking common ground with other community groups," Mr Gilding said.
For further information visit www.cars.org.au