Pacific Highway inquiry submissions top 100

By ALEX EASTON

MORE than 100 submissions have been lodged with the State Government's Pacific Highway inquiry, with more expected this week.

Inquiry chairwoman Jenny Gardiner said she had also received many letters and petitions on the issue, although she could not confirm an exact number, and said more submissions were with parliamentary staff.

Ms Gardiner, who also chaired last year's Northern Rivers rail inquiry, said the next step would be to distribute the submissions to the inquiry committee's six other members, with times and dates for public hearings likely to be decided in the next fortnight.

While Ms Gardiner described the submissions as a strong response from the community, it appeared to have been weaker than the response to the rail inquiry, which had 263 submissions ? not including petitions and form letters.

Submissions for the inquiry will be posted on the committee's website in about two weeks.

The inquiry is looking at planned upgrades to the Ewingsdale to Tintenbar and Ballina to Woodburn sections of the highway. It will examine, among other things, the extent of the upgrades and their potential impact on agri- cultural land.



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