RTA told to find alternative route
By ZOE SATHERLEY
RESIDENTS living in the Tintenbar to Ewingsdale land corridor proposed for the Pacific Highway upgrade have vowed to fight the RTA.
They want the RTA to find another route farther from prime agricultural coastal land and residential areas.
At a meeting at Bangalow RSL on Tuesday night they expressed concern that a new highway built anywhere in the area would severely affect food-producing land and create an intolerable noise problem for homeowners.
Rebecca Zentveld, a member of the community liaison group, said the meeting was addressed by resident groups from Ocean Shores, Ewingsdale and Coffs Harbour.
They shared their experiences of dealing with the RTA during highway upgrades through their towns.
"What came across clearly was that while the RTA appeared to make a real effort to consult with the community, they then completely ignored what the community said was important," she said.
"Our community believes the red soils in this area are irreplaceable.
"Even the State Government agrees. It has put out a farmland protection plan, and land in the proposed highway upgrade corridor is considered of major significance.
"You can't develop it for housing or industry, yet you can pollute it with a major highway."
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