But the fight must go on for proper bypass
WILSON Dale knows the battle for a Pacific Highway bypass of Coffs Harbour must go on ? he's just not sure how much longer he can carry the fight.
Still coming to terms with this week's announcement of the Roads and Traffic Authority's preferred route for the highway, the Combined Lobby Group chair shakes his head at the plan.
It will take the highway within 150 metres of his house in the West Korora area and, standing on a hill near the proposed route, he points out four of five neighbouring homes likely to be demolished to make way for the new route.
Further into the distance he points out the path of the road, explaining how it will skirt developing areas in West Coffs and then pass through a dip in the Roberts Hill Ridge.
"The whole thing is a disaster for Coffs Harbour," he said.
"If anyone comes along after this is built and is told it was all planned they would think it is crazy.
"This is not a bypass at all."
Mr Dale says the Combined Lobby Group will consider all options for pushing the case for a proper bypass.
"It's about politics and people power now," he said.
"Some people want to try legal action and there are certainly many shortcomings in the documents the RTA has prepared, it's just a matter of seeing if its enough to mount a case."
While happy to keep fighting for a better result, Mr Dale is likely to stand down as the chair of the Combined Lobby Group because of the effect the campaign has had on his health.
"The past three years have taken their toll," he said.
"I've been showing signs of hypertension and my doctor has given me until January to get that down, and my wife can't take anymore.
"But there will be others to carry on the fight."