Call for calm
THE proposed route options for the Pacific Highway upgrade are barely a week old and already they have caused much debate and consternation within the community.
Community meetings and protest rallies have been held throughout the region and more are planned in the coming weeks.
But as emotions run high, Valley residents are being urged to consider the impact each option has on others.
Maclean Community Liaison Group (CLG) member Bruce Walsh said it was important people respected the wishes of others when discussing the proposals.
"We've got to accept every person on all of these routes is affected equally and every person has got the right to put in a submission and tell them (the RTA) how it affects them," he said.
"We all need to respect everyone elses' opinions and try to get through this as best we can."
Mr Walsh said it was important for people to recognise the best way to handle the situation to ensure they were being listened to.
"An aggressive submission from anybody is just going to distance themselves from everyone else in the Valley and cause massive division and we don't want that," he said.
Mr Walsh said a meeting for James Creek, Taloumbi and Gulmarrad residents was planned where they could again raise concerns about the route options.
"The purpose of this meeting is to bring people together so they can have their say and tell everyone else in the community how it affects them and how they feel about it," he said.
"It's not to try to come up with some community preferred option saying let's put it somewhere else for these reasons because that will affect someone else in the community."
The meeting will be held at the Maclean Civic Hall from 4pm on Sunday.