Disasters aired at forum
ANGELA Ormesher, who lost eight members of her family in the disastrous Cowper bus crash 21 years ago, will be one of the special guests at the Pacific Highway Forum next weekend.
Organised by Doctors for a Safe Pacific Highway, the public forum will be held at 7pm next Saturday at the Coffs Harbour Education Campus lecture theatre, and all interested people are invited to attend.
Organiser Dr Ray Jones said there would be a panel of speakers, including Coffs Harbour general surgeon Dr Bill Ross, who is faced with much of the work of “putting people back together” after highway accidents. Another invited guest will be an ambulance officer who attended the crash and is still working in the ambulance service in Grafton.
There will also be a representative from the local Belt Up for Safety (BUS) group, which is lobbying to get seatbelts installed on school buses and representatives of the Volunteer Rescue Association and the State Emergency Service.
Volunteers in both these organisations attend car crashes and assist in extricating injured people from vehicles.
Coffs Harbour MP Andrew Fraser has accepted the doctors’ invitation to attend, and police and other emergency services have also been invited.
Members of the public are urged to attend, listen to the panel of four or five speakers and contribute to the open discussion which will follow.
The forum aims to gauge the strength of feeling in the community on the highway issue and determine what measures will be effective in improving road safety on the Coffs Coast.