Mayor Troy denies deal allegations

Mayor of Bellingen, Mark Troy.
Mayor of Bellingen, Mark Troy.

THE long-awaited Review of Environmental Factors (REF) for Cameron's Corner on the Waterfall Way is on public display, but the battle for the adjacent wetland is far from over.

In fact this week it became personal with campaigners alleging Bellingen Shire mayor, Mark Troy, had been negotiating deals with the RTA.

Cr Troy said the allegations were offensive and baseless.

“The council are the very people who are working towards a resolution that would allow for the road safety improvements to occur without impacting on the wetland,” Cr Troy said.

He said the council had been waiting for the release of the revised REF before commenting further.

“The council actually prompted this second review last September.

“An evaluation of the REF by our environmental planners and engineers will be tabled at the February 25 meeting.”

Meanwhile campaign spokesman, Tim Cadman, said the report asserted the impact of the proposed realignment on endangered ecological communities would not be significant.

“We've know this would be the outcome all along,' Mr Cadman said.

“Now it seems because of some pseudo-scientific get-out clause they can go ahead and destroy this last remaining wetland in the valley.”

The REF is on exhibition at the council chambers, all shire libraries or from the RTA's website until March 9. Community comments invited.

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