John Laws come to Digger's rescue
TALK-BACK king John Laws and the NSW Branch of the Australian Workers Union have brought peace and quiet to this year's Anzac Day ceremony at Woodburn.
Together they have raised the $10,000 required by Richmond Valley Council to divert highway traffic away from the Woodburn Cenotaph.
The news now means that the Woodburn-Evans Head Sub Branch will march down the Pacific Highway this year without the distraction of heavy vehicle traffic.
In the past, the sound of trucks and cars had all but drowned out the emotional memorial service.
But Lawsey's hardearned will only pay for public notification of the highway diversion through Woodburn ($4000) plus the installation of signs, traffic management and sign removal on the day ($6278).
The Richmond Valley Council reckons another $10,000 will need to be spent down the track to repair the road surface of the alternative route despite the detour being short-lived.
And that cost will have to be borne by ratepayers.
Sub-Branch president Darryl Pobje is furious that the council could even think of charging diggers to hold their Anzac Day service in peace.