Medicos' forum on highway

Dr Ray Jones is organising a public forum on the Pacific Highway on February 19.
Dr Ray Jones is organising a public forum on the Pacific Highway on February 19. Leigh Jensen

MOTORISTS, medicos, emergency service workers and anyone with an interest in the Pacific Highway is invited to come along to a community forum at 7pm on February 19.

Doctors for a Safe Pacific Highway has booked the Coffs Harbour Education Campus lecture theatre for the forum and will be inviting speakers from a variety of backgrounds to join a panel and join in the debate.

The forum is being organised by Dr Ray Jones, one of the two founders of the medical lobby group.

Dr Jones provided medical help to bus passengers wounded in the horrific Cowper highway crash more than 20 years ago and was motivated to form the lobby group because of the lack of action on dangerous sections of the national highway. He said doctors, including visiting specialists, were increasingly reluctant to travel on the highway, which was affecting patients and medical services.

Dr Jones said he would be inviting politicians of all political persuasions as well as representatives of the Roads and Traffic Authority; the National Roads and Motorists Association; and emergency services organisations like the State Emergency Service, Rural Fire Service and NSW Fire Brigades.

Most of all Dr Jones and fellow forum organiser Dr Harriet Playle want to see people prepared to vote with their feet and put their hands up to how important the topic of a safe Pacific Highway is to Coffs Coast residents and visitors.

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