RTA listens on option C

By NADINE FISHER

"FINALLY we're being taken seriously".

That's the sentiment of Tweed Heads Chamber of Commerce president John Murray after talks were held on Monday with the NSW Roads and Traffic Authority (RTA) to discuss the community alternative option C for the future highway upgrade at Sexton Hill.

Mr Murray said they had discussed Option C, the community option which incorporates a tunnel through Sexton Hill, in lengthy detail with the RTA general manager of the Pacific Highway, Bob Higgins, who was trying to get the project back on track.

"Bob Higgins has intervened personally to help the project move along after the massive community reaction to RTA options A and B for the Sexton Hill highway upgrade," Mr Murray said.

"Talks were constructive - finally we have a dialogue with the RTA, they're talking with us instead of just to us."

However, Mr Murray said there was still a way to go.

"The next stage is the RTA will complete a costing on Option C over the coming weeks and we will meet with them again before Christmas," he said.

"We still have some way to go but we believe we've got a great option that is viable.

"We have not backed off one bit - we're enthusiastic and determined to get a good outcome."

Mr Murray said a large delegation representing the business sector and community had attended the meeting held this week at South Tweed Sports Club, showing the strong local support behind Option C.

A NSW RTA spokesperson said the meeting represented a positive step forward in the ongoing discussions between the RTA, the Tweed Chamber of Commerce and the community regarding the Banora Point Upgrade.

The Option C proposal has been considered the community choice and has been put forward by the Tweed Chamber of Commerce.

He said the Tweed Chamber of Commerce confirmed the scope of Option C at the meeting and the RTA will now investigate costings for the proposed option C.



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