ROAD TRIP: NRMA?s Mario Napoli and Wendy Machin meet Grafton NRMA proprietor, Peter Spratt (right).
ROAD TRIP: NRMA?s Mario Napoli and Wendy Machin meet Grafton NRMA proprietor, Peter Spratt (right).

$1m to fight for better roads

By EMMA CORNFORD

NRMA director Wendy Machin yesterday got a chance to see just how bad the Pacific Highway is in the Clarence Valley, as she stopped in Yamba and Grafton as part of a junket to the region.

Despite perfect travelling weather Ms Machin, who joined the board of directors of the Motoring and Services section in March this year, said in her opinion the roads were 'just not good enough'.

"They obviously still need a lot of work up here. North of Kempsey the standard of the highway really drops and it's really not good enough for the amount of traffic it carries," she said.

"When we were up in the north recently to talk about how to fix this we were horrified when another family was killed there at Bonville so (the NRMA) agreed to put more money on the table and be more aggressive."

Ms Machin said a $1million 'fighting fund' would be used by the company to establish billboards along the highway, pressuring the government to do fix the Pacific Highway.

"The government just can't ignore this anymore ... (and) we're really interested in the opinion of people in the community as to where those should go," she said.

Ms Machin will tomorrow travel south along the Pacific Highway to Port Macquarie, continuing to meet NRMA country service proprietors and check out roads in the region.



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