60 at RTA forum

Organisers of the Bangalow community forum to discuss the Pacific Highway upgrade that will affect them, were pleased with the turnout on a night of torrential rain last week.

Around 60 people gathered to air their concerns, including noise, safety, and loss of prime agricultural land.

Representatives of the RTA and its consultants, Arup also attended the meeting.

Speakers included Ian Duncan of the Pacific Highway Noise Action Group,stone fruit grower Ray Hick, coffee grower and president of the NSW Coffee Growers Association Paul McLisky, former Director of Strategic Planning at Byron Shire Council, David Kanaley and macadamia nut grower Cliff James, formerly president of the Australian Macadamia Society.

The meeting called for an extension of the RTA's proposed study area from Tintenbar to Ewingsdale and asked for a website that would provide access to all the data relevant to the planning and de- cision making process.

A community liaison group will be set up to work with focus groups from stake holder constituents.

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