Protest threatens to slow highway to 15km/h crawl17,000 signpetition to oppose RTA route options
By RENEE REDMOND
FARMER Col Dorey and his mates aim to bring Pacific Highway traffic to a standstill when they join a 'go slow rally' rejecting the RTA's four proposed routes for the Tintenbar to Ewingsdale upgrade.
On Friday at 9am, they will join the rally on the highway and drive at 15km/h from St Helena in Ewingsdale to River Street in Ballina.
Organisers estimate up to 150 cars, tractors, trucks and utes will take part in the two-hour trip, which is being escorted by Ballina Highway Patrol officers.
The protesters will drive through Kerr Street onto River Street in Ballina, finishing at the Missingham Bridge skate park.
Newrybar Swamp farmer Col Dorey said farmers had volunteered to drive their utes, tractors, cattle trucks and horse floats in the rally.
At midday, following the rally, Member for Ballina Don Page will present the RTA manager of the Pacific Highway, Bob Higgins, with at least 17,000 individually signed submissions at the skate park.
The submissions reject all four of the RTA's proposed upgrade routes for Tin- tenbar to Ewingsdale which were released on October 21.
Mr Dorey said there were four points of the submission which thousands of people agreed to by signing it.
The four points include moving the interstate freight back to the New England Highway immediately; investigating alternative inland freight routes and rail options; upgrading the existing highway corridor between Tintenbar to Ewingsdale; and supporting Ballina Shire Council's push for an immedi- ate start to work on the Ballina Bypass.
To join the rally contact call Geoff Dorey 0428872172.
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