Doctors join Motorway fight
LOCAL doctors are appealing for help from the public to support a petition calling on the NSW Government to fund and fast-track upgrading of single-lane sections of the Pacific Highway.
In the wake of two more serious accidents on the Warrell Creek-Urunga section of the highway between Coffs Harbour and Nambucca, specialists are joining GPs to mobilise public concern and push for urgent change because of the ‘unacceptably high risk of death and injury.’
Close to 50 doctors have now joined a working party set up by the Mid North Coast Division of General Practice to push for highway improvements.
Their first project is to collect 20,000 signatures to petition the State government and they have a tight timeframe, all signatures are needed by November 26.
Petitions are available at most GP clinics in the region, as well as at The Coffs Coast Advocate office at 53 Moonee Street.
Chairperson of the Division, Dr Harriet Playle, said they needed to act quickly in order to get it to the NSW Parliament in the current session of government and well before the State election.
Dr Playle said she had analysed data and the statistics were not good news for the local region.
“We are taking a greater burden of fatalities,” Dr Playle said yesterday.