Community is clear about Cameron's

A COMMUNITY survey has found an overwhelming majority of residents are opposed to an upgrade at Cameron's Corner that would cut through ecologically sensitive wetland.

In a door-to-door survey, 73 per cent of Bellingen residents objected to the RTA's current proposal for the Waterfall Way upgrade at Cameron's Corner, while only 15 people out of almost 300 residents supported the proposal which involves the clearing of almost 10 per cent of the area.

Cameron's Corner Group spokesman Tim Cadman said the message is clear.

“The local community has repeatedly expressed its opposition to any road works that might damage the endangered ecological communities in the Cameron Corner wetland,” Mr Cadman said. “The RTA has been unwilling to engage in formal community consultation, only allowing for comment upon what is essentially a predetermined option.”

Mr Cadman said a list of alternative options recently compiled by residents and business owners were intended to 'kick start' meaningful consultation to achieve an outcome for both road users and the environment.

The results of the survey have been sent to the RTA, a move Mr Cadman hopes will prompt the RTA to adjust their proposal for Cameron's Corner.

“With comments from the RTA and the Minister's office that the determination to bulldoze the wetland is 'not a foregone conclusion', there is hope,” he said.

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