RTA Pacific Highway project manager Bob Higgins
RTA Pacific Highway project manager Bob Higgins

On the defensive



WHEN RTA Pacific Highway project manager Bob Higgins was confronted by an angry crowd in Grafton a few weeks ago, he did not have much to say.

But at the highway forum in Grafton yesterday, Mr Higgins was keen to emphasise that the RTA was yet to make a decision about the Pacific Highway route and that the RTA was listening to the community.

"We try and work with the community groups and down the highway to get the best outcomes," he said.

As for accusations that the RTA used a 'divide and conquer' technique to get highway plans passed, Mr Higgins said he disagreed.

"I don't espouse to that," he said to jeering from the crowd.

"Okay, you may laugh at that, but from where I'm sitting we're working towards the best possible outcome for everybody."

?Emma Cornford.



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