Call to pollies for bypass action

Left to right: Alstonville campaigners Bevan Garrard, Bob Wilson, Betty Garrard, MP for Ballina Don Page and campaigner Marilyn Perkins held an impromptu protest in Alstonville last Tuesday.

The traffic-weary people of Alstonville know better than most that you can never trust a politician.

Last state election Labor Premier Bob Carr promised to build the Alstonville bypass and a collective sigh of relief passed through the town: no matter who won, the bypass would soon be built.

Four years later the road hasnt been started, while a cavalcade of traffic negotiates the narrow bends and roundabouts in the main street more than 17,000 during a recent 24-hour count.

Member for Ballina, Don Page, has campaigned for years to get the bypass built and on Tuesday reaffirmed the NSW Coalitions commitment to the project.

Mr Carrs promise turned out to be written in wet sand on the waters edge on an incoming tide, Mr Page said. Within six months the Labor government reneged on their promise. Clearly the only way the bypass will be built is if a Coalition government is elected.

Bypass campaigner Marilyn Perkins said the growing stream of heavy traffic, including B-doubles, made it imperative the town get a bypass built as soon as possible.

Bob Wilson said it was critical to get a commitment from Labor to build the bypass.


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