Harwood puts up a case


HARWOOD residents feel forgotten in talks on the Pacific Highway upgrade.

"The main worry is that there are no options for Harwood. The bridge carves the village in half and we are most concerned about the long-term effects of having this huge structure in our town," Doug Manners said yesterday.

"It will also affect our day to day living as it is a nice little village to live in now."

Although the Pacific Highway already goes through Harwood, Mr Manners believes that should the road be upgraded it will carry more traffic.

"As we understand it the trucks will get bigger," he said.

On November 20, 30 residents met at the Harwood Hotel to discuss the upgrade, from Wells Creek to Iluka. They are concerned about the disruption that the building of the new highway would cause the residents living in the village.

At least two Harwood representatives will attend Thursday's Pacific Highway forum, which will be hosted by the three Northern Rivers daily newspapers, at the Grafton High School multipurpose room from noon to 2pm.

"We are not politicians, we are not writers or reporters we are just people who will tell it as it is and hopefully someone will listen," Mr Manners said.

Harwood residents will bring up points at the meeting which include:

The Summerland Way option be investigated as an alternative route.

The impact of lost paddocks for cane farmers, which could make the Harwood sugar mill unvi- able.

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