Citizens group discusses bridge

THE Grafton Concerned Citizens Group has thanked Clarence Valley Council for finally agreeing to give the group an audience tomorrow night, but is disappointed it has been so difficult to speak to the Valley’s closest level of government.

The group is well known for its opposition to a second Grafton bridge anywhere near the current crossing.

Representative Bob Cairns issued a statement at the end of last month complaining that council’s deputy general manager Des Schroder had told him there was no avenue for the group to address council.

But a letter from Mayor Richie Williamson on Friday, March 4, to GCCG chairman Kim Dahl explained the executive decision to allow the presentation following tomorrow’s council meeting.

“As a way of moving forward ... I am willing to make available some time following the meeting for the public and councillors to view the presentation, as I understand it will be similar to the presentation which I attended on December 9, 2010, at the Grafton District Services Club.

“Should GCCG be willing to take up my offer for March 15, may I suggest a start time of 7.30pm for 45 minutes or so.

“Should the council meeting continue past 7.30pm the start time for the presentation will need to be delayed until after the council meeting.”

The GCCG has agreed to Mr Williamson’s suggestion.

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