Valery residents kept in the dark



IT WAS only by chance that Valery resident Ian Tarry discovered logging traffic was going to be coming past his front door.

Previous public meetings with Forests NSW in Gleniffer last year led him to believe he would be unaffected.

However in October Mr Tarry, a casual Forests NSW worker, noticed survey pegs near where he lived.

"When I asked the roads supervisor what was happening, he said Olgas Road was being upgraded to link Hydes Creek and Timboon Roads," Mr Tarry said.

"I was pretty cheesed off, because this was at variance with what we were told at the meetings and Valery residents knew nothing about it."

Yesterday Mr Tarry took his questions to Bellingen Shire Council's monthly meeting where Cr Mark Troy responded to his list of 16 queries during question time.

Cr Troy said the Long Term Haulage Strategy between the council and Forests NSW had been ratified by the council in August.

He said there had been no specific consultation with Valery residents before the final route was agreed upon.

"The chosen route was an attempt to make the least impact to the overall communi- ty...it is not possible to eliminate the impacts of all traffic," Cr Troy said.

Yesterday the council accepted the community nominations, including Mr Tarry's, for the new committee 'subject to their written agreement to adhere to the guidelines'.

"This committee is already being nobbled," Cr Ralph Lynch said.

Cr Troy said it was important the committee understood the guidelines and the fact they could not be altered.

Mr Tarry said although he thought the committee was a rubber stamp, he would still fight for the establishment of a more equitable agreement.



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