Highway bridge protest

CALLING anyone between Hexham and the Queensland border currently living in highway limbo due to the interminable changes and deliberations of the NSW Roads and Traffic Authority.

Come and join other affected residents to stage a protest in Macksville on Saturday, June 21.

Protesters will march across the Macksville Bridge at 2pm, closing the narrow two-lane bridge to all Pacific Highway traffic for about half an hour.

"Plans to re-route the Pacific Highway are affecting the lives of thousands of people," Macksville resident Joy Sheather said.

"Homes are under threat, property values will plummet and the RTA is not offering appropriate compensation."

Warrell Creek resident Chris O'Halloran said the RTA showed reckless indifference to making decisions.

"People are left not knowing what the future holds for so long," Mr O'Halloran said.

"They lose all hope and feel they have nowhere to turn.

"This has caused major health problems in our community, it is so disrespectful."

He said Warrell Creek residents had been waiting since September for decision on a proposed route change.

"They want to put a six-lane motorway through the middle of our valley, passing less than 900 metres from the post office in Macksville."

Mrs Sheather said they were trying to send a message to the RTA and the Roads Minister to start listening to regional NSW.

"The impact of this protest will be significant."

Anyone wishing to join the protest should contact Joy Sheather 6568 1825.


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