Please save our homes
By ALEX EASTON
ALASTAIR ANNANDALE searched the world for the perfect place to raise his children before moving to his Newrybar farm six years ago.
Now he faces the threat of most of it being made into a highway under a route option being considered by the RTA for the Pacific Highway.
Mr Annandale is one of scores of residents between Tintenbar and Ewingsdale calling for the NSW Government to cut the speed limit to 80km/h on sections of the highway that have not yet been upgraded.
The call, made at a Newrybar meeting last night, comes as mayors on the Pacific Highway Taskforce prepare for their first meeting with Premier Morris Iemma on the issue.
The meeting is being arranged by Port Macquarie Independent MP Rob Oakeshott, who said he expected it to be held by November 18.
A spokesman for Mr Iemma did not return calls seeking confirma- tion of the meeting.
However, Mr Oakeshott said Mr Iemma and Roads Minister Joe Tripodi had agreed to it and that it would include Kyogle mayor and taskforce president Ernie Bennett.
Mr Annandale said residents met last night to find issues, such as speed limits, on which they could present a united voice.
In response to the speed limit plan, a spokesman for the RTA said the authority would consider any suggestion for improving safety.
Mr Annandale said he would lose his house and all but six hectares of land under the RTA's Ewingsdale to Tintenbar route option C.
A retired ships' captain, Mr Annandale said he and his wife Jacqui moved to the area from Perth to start a family after considering options across the globe.
"We were trying to buy a block of land in Indonesia, but you have to argue...every time you go to the shops. Brazil is lovely, but Portuguese is hard to learn," he said.
"This place is moderately close to international transport...it has a good temperature all year-round, clean air, there's a school down the end of the road; it's got to be good."