Bypass bonfire the best option in highway angst
JOHN Connors says in a few years his house will be in the centre of town, when the inner bypass is built 200 metres west of the end of his street.
That will be a big change for a man who enjoyed the lack of streetlights when he moved to Roselands Estate nine years ago and still loves the peace and the birdsong.
"As far as I'm concerned it should be way to blazes over the range," said the Roselands Drive resident.
"But where the hell can you go where things are going to be any different?
"I reckon its the cheapest option for sure ? but look what they spend on tunnels and roads in Sydney.
Mr Connors said in the late 1980s there were plans to straighten Coramba Road to create a western bypass.
His neighbour Yvonne Worth said the inner bypass would ruin the whole area, affect several new subdivisions and would be built on paddocks once intended for a new primary school which she said was sorely needed as Narranga became crowded.
"The whole area works as an amphitheatre. It will be very noisy and when the fog comes in it will cover the highway," she said.
"We haven't had a lot of information about it. There were two very vocal families, but they moved out."
Olive Rich, who moved to Roselands from the Promised Land, said a bypass was desperately needed and she did not want to see a highway ruining agricultural land, but she would not be able to cope with the emissions from a nearby highway.
"They should be using freight trains," Mrs Rich said.
After years of community action, former Merino Drive resident Trish Welsh said she had a 'bypass bonfire' and burned all the paperwork and clippings she had collected as an activist against the inner bypass of the Pacific Highway.
She said after years of meetings and letterbox drops, she was exhausted by the level of apathy of Coffs Harbour residents but she was prepared to get behind others if there was community opposition.