Last post for Anzac march

War veterans from Woodburn-Evans Head are up in arms over plans by Richmond Valley Council to slug them with a $10,000 bill to divert traffic off the Pacific Highway for their Anzac Day parade.

The veterans say they will not march this year as a result.

Woodburn-Evans Head RSL Sub-branch president Darryl Pobje said veterans were disgusted at the plan, the first time Council had asked for payment in the sub-branchs history.

Mr Pobje said veterans from the small sub-branch of around 170 members had traditionally used the highway (the towns main street) for their marches since World War I.

Why should we look at alternative routes when weve been doing this since World War One? he said.

Richmond Valley mayor Charlie Cox said an assessment on the impacts of diverting traffic through the towns back streets would cost council $10,000 in wear and tear, signage and traffic controllers and the RSL would have to foot the bill.

Cr Cox said council had initially approached the Roads and Traffic Authority (RTA) which offered to shut down traffic on the highway for 10 minutes.

He said Council was very respectful of the Anzac Day march and the best option would be for the RSL to agree to the RTAs 10-minute stoppage plan.

The march route begins at the post office and finishes at Riverbank Park for a service at the war memorial around 300 metres away.

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