WE NEED AND DESERVE BETTER THAN THIS DEATH TRAP
WE NEED AND DESERVE BETTER THAN THIS DEATH TRAP

Postcard from hell

By GRAEME SINGLETON

THERE is not a lot new that can be said about the section of the Pacific Highway between Macksville and Halfway Creek that hasn't already been well documented.

We know that it carries a rapidly growing trade in through traffic, local commuters and heavy vehicles.

We know that parts of this 104-kilometre strip of bitumen road are dangerous ? and lethally so.

We know that since 2002 it has claimed the lives of 49 people, injured hundreds more and torn apart countless families.

Only last week four people died at Bonville, bringing to 12 the number of lives lost on the 9.6-kilometres of highway earmarked for bypassing since 2002.

What we don't know is why and how this carnage has been allowed to continue.

There have been plenty of promises made, but very little action taken, to address the ever present danger on our doorstep.

If you, too, are frustrated and angry about this appalling inaction by those who collect and use our tax dollars, now is your chance to be counted.

Inside today's Coffs Coast Advocate you will find the postcard pictured below that we will send on your behalf to our State and Federal politicians to tell them that 'enough is enough'.

If you want the blackspots on the Paci-fic Highway between Macksville and Halfway Creek erased, and a divided dual carriageway bypass that takes through and heavy vehicles away from our residential areas, sign our campaign postcard and return it to the Coffs Coast Advocate.

Get each member of your household to sign it as we'll be counting all the signatures before passing the postcards on to the NSW Roads Minister Michael Costa and the new Federal Transport Minister Warren Truss.

This is your opportunity to be involved in the first stage of a grass-roots community campaign that we will champion until our highway is fixed.

Working together we will make a difference!



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