Valley residents unite
By ADRIAN MILLER
CLARENCE Valley residents will be making themselves heard in no uncertain terms this week about the Pacific Highway upgrade with a protest rally planned for Grafton on Thursday.
A protest meeting and march will be held from noon at Market Square by newly formed community group 'Not an Option' to raise their concerns about the RTA's handling of the Wells Crossing to Iluka project.
Formed by members of the Pillar Valley and Tucabia communities, 'Not an Option' is calling on all residents of the Clarence Valley to join them to make their concerns heard.
Group member Phil Hazell said the rally would aim to increase the public's awareness of the issues affecting all communities.
"The aim of the meeting is to try to pull the whole Valley together, educate them about the current process the RTA is going through, provide a forum for other community groups to speak and to highlight what we believe are some serious problems with the RTA's processes," he said.
Mr Hazell said the rally would be addressed by speakers before a march down Prince Street to present the RTA with a petition calling for it to extend the submission period past the current November 18 deadline.
"People at Pillar Valley are not happy at all and talking to other groups no-one is happy and no-one feels the RTA has gone about this the right way," he said.
The group has already succeeded in one of its aims with Clarence Valley Council announcing yesterday it will hold an extraordinary meeting on November 15 to discuss the upgrade.