GREETING PARTY: Greens MLC Lee Rhiannon, left, has a welcoming party as she arrives at Ferry Park in Maclean yesterday to speak
GREETING PARTY: Greens MLC Lee Rhiannon, left, has a welcoming party as she arrives at Ferry Park in Maclean yesterday to speak

Residents go Green for highway help



FEARS of an end to an idyllic lifestyle is the issue facing many Clarence Valley residents if the NSW Roads and Traffic Authority (RTA) decides on an eastern route to upgrade the Pacific Highway.

The extinction of the coastal emu, the devastation to the environment and the effect on people's lives are just some of the issues residents have.

Yesterday Greens MLC Lee Rhiannon toured the Valley to hear first hand those concerns.

Ms Rhiannon spent the day visiting properties in Tucabia, Pillar Valley and James Creek and talking with residents about how a highway would affect their lives.

As well as a tour, she met locals at Ferry Park to hear disquiet about the proposed highway development.

Al Adamson, whose property would be destroyed by either the green or red options, said the MP's visit would help raise awareness of the problems facing community members.

Mark Spagnolo, whose property lies within 250 metres of the green option, said the visit proved very beneficial.

"The advantage is the Greens are more concerned about issues concerning the environment and are not restricted to the party line," he said.

Ms Rhiannon said she would return to Sydney more aware of the problems.

"The benefit is that I understand the issue better and by meeting people then you hear the story more clearly and the personal stories are a really big part of it," she said.

"The motorway's would be so destructive to people's lives and the environment and meeting people and hearing about that I feel more passionate about that because I understand why it would be so wrong to push these motorways through."



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