Rally numbers depleted by Maclean storm



NUMBERS were severely down on expectations due to the storm which hit Maclean on Thursday afternoon, but organisers of the protest at Harwood Bridge were happy with the amount of vocal support the rally attracted.

Just over 50 Harwood residents were at the rally to show their disgust and anger at the RTA's proposals for the Pacific Highway upgrade.

Displaying placards such as 'Leave our Harwood alone' and 'No way motorway', residents made their feelings known about being left out of highway discussions by the RTA.

One concerned Harwood resident said she was protesting because she felt the RTA had abandoned Harwood.

"We were horrified by the route options," she said.

"There was no consultation ? the RTA didn't bother to gather any local knowledge and now people who were born in their house in the main street, who are now pensioners, have to relocate.

"Where are they going to go? It's just not fair."

Harwood resident of 63 years Janice Law said townspeople were devastated with the options.

"They (RTA) just don't listen, we don't want our town cut in half with such a monstrosity," she said.

Protest organiser Phil Hazell said the RTA should drop all thoughts of a new highway and upgrade the existing alignment to make it safer for all highway users.



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