Flood focus for RMS meeting

ROADS and Maritime Service held a meeting in Harwood to discuss how the building of the Woolgoolga to Ballina section of the Pacific Highway would affect areas of the Lower Clarence.

Cane farmer Tim McMahon said he felt the RMS were doing a good job of keeping the community informed.

"They're still working stuff out, I know that any farm on the western side of the highway are going to be affected," Mr McMahon said, adding that his own farm lies on that side of the highway.

"RMS are looking after our concerns, there are naturally going to be some sort of effect on us.

"I'm glad they're putting in bridges instead of culvert, they're putting decent bridges."

Mr McMahon's farm floods when the Clarence breaks it banks.

"They're talking 5 and 10 and 15ml," he said about the rises in flood levels once the new bridge is in place.

"I'm a little bit worried about the wash, but we'll wait and see.

"Waters always a little but slow getting away, the last flood was maybe a little slower getting away."

An RMS spokeswoman said they are reforming flood focus groups for the sections not currently undergoing major work where the designs are being finalised.

"These sections include Clarence River floodplain, Maclean interchange and Shark Creek, Pillar Valley waterways and the Richmond River floodplains," a RMS spokeswoman said.



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