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Hands off the C4 bypass route, warns MP Stuckey

By JADE BILOWOL

THE protest against Tweed Shire Council's threat to jeopardise the Tugun Bypass C4 route because it fails to include a Boyd Street interchange at Tweed Heads has further revved up.

Currumbin MP Jann Stuckey has called on the council to urgently negotiate the matter with the Cobaki Lakes Development to fill the latest pothole in the road to the delayed bypass.

"When I heard of these recent objections I was completely flabbergasted," Ms Stuckey said.

"It is really arrogant of them considering they are not putting one cent in to it.

"Plans for this project have been in the pipeline in one form or another for almost 20 years.

"We are currently in the final stages of the approvals process and now in February 2005 public officials over the border are inventing reasons to prolong it."

The council threw up a firewall to stall the road's progress because it said Tweed motorists would be inconvenienced when attempting to access Tugun Bypass.

However, Ms Stuckey said the council's stance on the Boyd Street interchange should not "be the cause for any further post- ponements" and would add to anger and frustration felt by motorists regularly braving Tugun's dangerous traffic conditions.

"The community of Gold Coast and Tweed want this project to go ahead now," she said.

"Anyone who comes forward to protest against the C4 route will have a fight on their hands from not only me but the community.

"We need this project and that is all there is to it."

The Tweed Shire Council's threat to pull the plug on the controversial road is only one of a series of stumbling blocks to plague the C4 route.

Following public display of the Environmental Impact Study and a call for input into the C4 route, environmental activists have threatened to sue the Queensland Government if the road receives the green light.

The Save Our Lakes and Heritage Group, as well as the Gold Coast and Hinterland Environment Council, have issued an emotional plea for authorities to consider alternative routes.

Environmentalists and Aboriginal communities said the C4 route would result in the extinction of threatened species as well as desecrate significant Aboriginal burial sites.



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