Stoner push for western bypass for all

ANDREW Stoner says going into bat for Old Coast Road residents affected by the RTAs proposed highway upgrade north-east of Macksville is not all he is fighting for.

The member for Oxley said the entire route should be moved to the west.

"I am concerned the RTA has its facts wrong," Mr Stoner said.

"The proposed route is fraught with dangers, not least of which is flooding. The whole darn thing should be moved further west, out of the wetlands and the flood country," he said.

Mr Stoner said the RTA should reopen its consideration of the overall route and choose a route that was flood-free and had minimum impact on residents.

"The whole process undertaken by the RTA appears flawed because the planning is not holistic."

"They are planning section by section."

He said he had written to the NSW Minister for Roads, Joe Tripodi, on the matter.

"If I can resolve the bigger fight, then the Old Coast Road issue will be resolved as part of that."

"I would be surprised if the minister did not see commonsense."

Last week Nambucca Shire Council also decided to send a letter to the minister on behalf of the Old Coast Road residents.

The council voted to request the RTA to investigate other possible routes as an alternative to following the Old Coast Road ridge line, which severely impacts on 51 families and demolishes 18 homes along the relatively short four-kilometre section.

The council asked that they be kept informed of the outcomes of investigations and given reasons for any findings.

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