New council has a say on controversial roadworks

THE controversial re-alignment of Cameron's Corner on Waterfall Way got its first airing with the Bellingen Shire's elected representatives on Wednesday.

Newly-elected Greens councillor Sean Tuohy had plenty to say on the matter and called on his colleagues to support his motion asking the RTA to refrain from any site preparation until community consultation had taken place.

“The RTA's mission is to build as good a road as possible for the best price,” Cr Tuohy said.

“That is not our mission ... we place value on the environment, especially one that is both threatened and endangered.

“The RTA has decided the new route will have a minor (environmental) impact, however, we should not accede to this. The RTA must consult, not merely inform us and ask for comments.”

Cr Tuohy said the council needed to make Green decisions but needed more information first. Cr Ian Coe agreed, saying all aspects of the proposal needed to be examined through a process of genuine consultation.

The council voted unanimously for the RTA to open a meaningful process of consultation with both the community and the council and also to make all relevant background papers available.

The council is scheduled to meet with the RTA next week

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