Tales of how the big trucks and local traffic don?t mix
By SAMANTHA TURNBULL
EVERYONE June Zentveld knows has a truck horror story to tell.
And to prove it, the Newrybar woman has put the tales together in a book that she will present to State Member for Ballina Don Page.
The compilation will be handed over to Mr Page on June 15 at a protest against the proposed Pacific Highway upgrade between Tintenbar and Ewingsdale.
The stories include reports of tailgating, speeding and accidents caused by large trucks on the Pacific Highway between Ewingsdale and Ballina.
Mrs Zentveld, along with a group of property owners in the proposed upgrade area, wants B-Doubles moved back to the New England Highway to stop the Pacific Highway from becoming the country's major freight corridor.
"The present highway should be upgraded to a four-lane highway for safety reasons," she said.
"But this is not what the Roads and Traffic Authority (RTA) is planning. What they are planning is a six-lane motorway with no private access to a standard of 110km/h with a maximum of six per cent incline. It is designed for fast freight movements, at the expense of local communities and prime agricultural land."
She said if B-Doubles were sent back to the New England Highway, it would solve many of the Pacific Highway's safety issues.
"A lot of elderely people refuse to drive on the Pacific Highway because they're scared of the trucks," Mrs Zentveld said.
The protest will be at the Zentveld's on Midgen Flat Rd, Newrybar from 9.30am.