Residents fed up with highway
ON Tuesday, as news of yet another fatality spread throughout the community Advocate reporter UTE SCHULENBERG hit the highway to gauge the reaction of people at Urunga and Valla.
Here is a sample of what they had to say.
Gavin Hickey, Hickey’s Garage, Pacific Highway, Urunga
“Whenever these accidents happen, you wonder who it could be, if it’s someone local.
“My staff are starting to say they don’t want to drive on the highway. Coming to work is now an OH&S issue for them and me.
“It’s getting past a joke. If any good could come of this, it would be that maybe we could jump ahead in the queue (for an upgrade). We need action.”
Neil Bloxsom, Urunga highway resident
“My son drives on the highway so whenever I hear of an accident I worry for the kids.
“We have a tenant downstairs who commutes to Macksville each day. She always texts us when she arrives safely. This morning she texted ‘another crash!’. It’s scandalous to have these repeated tragedies. They really need to just fix this stretch. The plans are there, why can’t it be done?”
Bob and Beryl Green, Urunga Motel.
“Every time you hear the sirens you worry.
“We bought here ten years ago and the new highway was supposed to be completed by then but we’re still waiting. It’s ridiculous to have one narrow white line and half a metre between cars and passing trucks.
“They should stop wasting money on other things and fix it but they ignore it because it is not their loved ones, not their friends.”
Theo Chang, Valla parent.
“This is yet another example of why seatbelts on school buses is so important particularly on this stretch of road where there is the combined risk factors of speed and large vehicles passing on a non-divided section of the highway.
“It’s really crazy that nothing has been proposed and there is no proper funding allocation.”