John O’Gorman is attracting online traffic with his unusual offer on eBay.
John O’Gorman is attracting online traffic with his unusual offer on eBay. Rob Wright

Pacific Highway for sale on eBay

AN ARRAY of products and service can be accessed online but never in the history of eBay has the Pacific Highway from Coffs Harbour to Kempsey been offered to the highest bidder.

Under the subheading “item condition” it read “in parts or not working” in a clear stab at the state of our highway.

Spurred on by the recent crashes at Warrell Creek and Ulmarra, John O’Gorman was the brains behind the gimmick and was looking for a new way to bring attention to an old issue.

Mr O’Gorman, 50, was born and bred in Coffs Harbour and has had enough of the consistent trickle of tragedy in his community.

“The problems with the highway have been going on for years, despite regular highway fatalities,” Mr O’ Gorman said.

“Take the big bus smash at Clybucca in 1986 - the road is till intact, or the bus and truck crash at Ulmarra around the same timeframe, and that road is still intact.”

“I put the highway up on eBay about a week ago and it got nearly 400 views; since then it was taken down on a technicality issue because I wrote “all offers considered”, which goes against eBay policy.

“I chose eBay because posts on Facebook and Twitter quickly get lost and since it was taken down I’ve fixed the technicality and put it back up.”

Mr O’Gorman said he wanted to engage Coffs Harbour mayor Keith Rhoades, Cowper MP Luke Hartsuyker and Coffs Harbour MP Andrew Fraser in a push for more interim measures on old sections of highway, like the speed limit adjustments happening on the stretch from Urunga to Valla Beach.

“I want to see the speed limit put back to 80km/h on all old sections and centre wiring dividers put in place.

“In addition, trucks should be diverted around Coffs Harbour, leaving the highway at Park Beach Plaza and re-entering after Bunnings.”



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