BirdLife Northern NSW, has been joined by local residents, ecologists and local environment groups to call a meeting with the RMS (formerly RTA) to discuss the proposed Pacific Highway Grafton Bypass route.
A Public meeting has been arranged for 6pm on 31st August at the Community Centre 59 Duke Street, Grafton.
This route will travel from Glenugie to Tyndale via the Pillar Valley and Tubacia wetlands and then beside the Coldstream River east of Tyndale to the Harwood bridge.
Birdlife Australia, Northern NSW spokesperson Dr. Greg Clancy said “The only suitable route that will reduce the impact on the ecosystem is the ‘Orange’ route, which approximates the existing highway. It was rejected by the RMS on social and economic grounds.”
“The preferred route of the bypass intersects the home range of the last significant population of the threatened Coastal Emu. There are only about 100 emus left in this isolated population. As well it transects the habitat of over 80 threatened flora and fauna species. Ecologically the RMS could not have chosen a worse route. Will this drive our local icon to extinction?”
If you have concerns on this route you are encouraged to attend this meeting.
Contact:Dr Greg Clancy 66493153 0429601960 firstname.lastname@example.org