Kids pen their highway fears
By ADRIAN MILLER
"THE new highway will go straight through granny and grandad's property."
"Please save our school emblem."
"The highway will scare the animals, be really noisy and it will smell."
These are a few of the sentiments expressed by children residents of the James Creek Estate regarding the proposed route options for the Pacific Highway which will soon be sent to NSW Roads Minister Joe Tripodi.
For the past two weeks, James Creek resident Michelle Adamson has been collecting writings and drawings from children in the area about how they will be affected by the proposed highway.
She will send the collection to Mr Tripodi this week in the hope the children's thoughts will have an impact.
"I'm going to post it to Mr Tripodi, I don't know if he'll answer, but I'll make it clear this is how the future generations feel about the highway and how it will effect them and their families," she said.
"We want to make them aware that James Creek exists and that the highway not only effects the adults but the children as well."
The writings take on greater significance as submissions regarding the proposed route options close this Friday.
The rallying cry 'Silence Equals Acceptance' has become the motto for campaigners against the four routes, and as Friday draws nearer they have urged people to ensure more submissions are made.
Tucabia liaison group member David Pinnells said most people were not happy with the RTA's process and called on people to make submissions to make that clear.
He said he was worried the RTA had 'gone to ground' and would ignore the community until the submission date had passed.
He called on the RTA to postpone the Pacific Highway upgrade options until 'they have done their homework and the Summerland Way option is looked at properly'.