Around 50 residents of Woombah and Iluka gathered to vent their frustration over the potential location of an asphalt plant in Woombah as part of the Pacific Highway upgrade.
Around 50 residents of Woombah and Iluka gathered to vent their frustration over the potential location of an asphalt plant in Woombah as part of the Pacific Highway upgrade. Jarrard Potter

Woombah residents continue fight against asphalt plant

THE Woombah Residents Association fear holidaymakers will face carnage when they travel to Woombah and Iluka this summer due to the development of two asphalt plants for the Pacific Highway upgrade.

The Roads and Maritime Services have paused construction of one plant at Woombah, however the 170,000 tonnes of asphalt needed to supply the Glenugie to Iluka Rd turnoff section of the highway will require two plants.

Pacific Highway general manager Bob Higgins said the RMS would review the supply strategy for the manufacture and delivery of asphalt on the stretch of highway upgrade after protests from the Woombah community.

He said the views of residents, safety concerns and technical issues, such as constraints around flood plans would all be taken into account in the review prior to a decision on locating the plants.

Woombah Residents Association president Kerry Wilsmore said the RMS needed to be reminded of recent comments from Member for Clarence Chris Gulaptis.

"Our local MP stated at the Community Public Meeting held at Woombah on July 14 that 'community opinion in relation to such decisions must carry equal weight with economic and environmental considerations'," Mr Wilsmore said.

"So if push comes to shove the victims should not in this instance be the environment, the residents and road users battling the movement of up to an additional 600 traffic movements a day using the only entry and exit for both Woombah and Iluka residents.

"Holidaymakers visiting 'Iluka Naturally' facing carnage on our roads this coming January can rest easy their holidays are safe. Residents' objections must come first place to the technical needs of the project."



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