Northern Beaches revolt

A MEETING of 100 residents from Coffs Harbour's Northern Beaches on Wednesday resolved unanimously to ask the State Government to reduce the speed limit on the Pacific Highway from Arrawarra to Coffs Harbour from 100kph to 80kph.

The meeting not only expressed worries about continuing fatalities in this 24km stretch of highway, but also about the extensive urban and commercial development planned along this coastal strip.

Woolgoolga Area Residents Group, Moonee Action Group, Sandy Beach Residents' Association, Sandy - Hearnes Lake Action Group, United Residents Group of Emerald Beach, the Corindi Beach Residents Group, Combined Lobby Group of Coffs Harbour and Sapphire representatives joined Northern Beaches residents at the meeting.

Those attending the meeting believe the planned upgrade of the Pacific Highway, with its planned massive land take, excavation of hillsides and concrete structures, is excessive and not in keeping with the environmental attributes of the area.

Meeting spokesman Steve Moody said the many kilometres of third lane on the highway, some shared for over- taking and turning, should be either removed or another lane added to make 2 lanes in either direction and provide safer at-grade intersections.

The group wants an immediate commitment to a western bypass by Coffs Harbour City Council, State and Federal Governments and a moratorium on urban and commercial development on the Northern Beaches until the safety issues on the highway are resolved.

All seven community groups have agreed to meet and present a united position to Coffs Harbour Council.

There will also be a general meeting of the groups on May 18 at Korora School. All residents concerned about Northern Beaches urban and highway development are urged to attend.

Interested people can contact Steve Moody on 66547750.

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