North Dubbo res­i­dents fall­ing sick over bridge

Dubbo Photo News - - Council Watch - By YVETTE AUBUSSON-FO­LEY Dubbo

RES­I­DENTS in the North Dubbo area im­pacted by the pro­posed line of con­struc­tion of the New Dubbo Bridge have told Coun­cil­lor Vicky Etheridge of their doc­u­mented cases of stress-re­lated ill­nesses.

Coun­cil­lor Etheridge ad­dressed an or­di­nary meet­ing of coun­cil on Mon­day, Septem­ber 23, to raise con­cerns about the men­tal and phys­i­cal health the pro­posed River Street Bridge is al­ready hav­ing on North Dubbo res­i­dents.

“I’ve had fur­ther meet­ings with the res­i­dents of North Dubbo on our third bridge pro­posal be­ing River Street. It seems to me that the RMS is ramp­ing up their ef­forts to try and seal up the River Street op­tion which is caus­ing a great deal of angst amongst some of the North Dubbo res­i­dents to the point where it af­fect­ing their health,” Cr Etheridge said.

“We have one res­i­dent who is suf­fer­ing mi­graines which she has not had for years, and she’s had to have in­jec­tions in the base of her skull and she’s been told it’s due to stress.

“An­other one, who can’t re­mem­ber what hap­pened yes­ter­day; she’s had tests and she’s been told it’s stress. This can’t be al­lowed to go on. These peo­ple are liv­ing in fear,” she said.

Coun­cil­lor Etheridge put to Coun­cil that they es­ca­late their at­tempts to put a stop to the de­vel­op­ment of the bridge un­til ev­ery av­enue is pur­sued and in­ves­ti­gated.

A photo of the 2010 flood which was pub­lished in the Septem­ber 20 edi­tion of Dubbo Photo

was cir­cu­lated to coun­cil dur­ing the meet­ing.

“This is ir­refutable proof that the new bridge is not a flood proof bridge. If the RMS can’t see this, they’re blind. I can­not un­der­stand why they’re pur­su­ing so vig­or­ously at the mo­ment.

“They are co­erc­ing peo­ple to agree to meet­ings they don’t want to have, and then they’re told that one per­son who will be in that meet­ing is the pur­chas­ing man­ager. They’re ter­ri­fied. They’re won­der­ing what the hell they are go­ing to walk into when they have this meet­ing.

“Who’s go­ing to be there to help them, who’s go­ing to sup­port them? They’ve been pushed and pushed to sign doc­u­men­ta­tion to al­low drilling to hap­pen on their prop­er­ties, and they’re ring­ing me ask­ing what they can do.

“What do you do? You ei­ther don’t sign it and they force you to do it, or you sign it. It’s up to you. That de­ci­sion is up to them. Now they’re ask­ing what they do about the meet­ing they’re be­ing pushed into in No­vem­ber. These peo­ple are feel­ing ha­rassed and bul­lied and it’s af­fect­ing their health,” she said.

Coun­cil­lor Etheridge re­peated her re­quest to Coun­cil mem­bers that they es­ca­late their at­tempts to try and stop the RMS from their en­deav­ours at the mo­ment.

Coun­cil has said a sur­vey will be put to the peo­ple of Dubbo about the pro­posed River Street bridge which will be in­cluded in the re­minder no­tice is­sued 30 days prior to the No­vem­ber 30 rates due date.

“I think we know what the out­come of that sur­vey will be,” DRC mayor Ben Shields said.

“I’ve tried ba­si­cally all av­enues to talk sense into the RMS, but we’re at a bit of an im­passe,” he said.

Coun­cil­lor Kevin Parker also leant his sup­port to Coun­cil­lor Etheridge’s call to ac­tion.

“I sup­port what she has said. I think a bet­ter lo­ca­tion would be the Troy Bridge. I look for­ward to push­ing that for­ward as Coun­cil­lor Etheridge has men­tioned.”

Fol­low­ing the RMS’S con­sul­ta­tion with af­fected landown­ers and key stake­hold­ers, in­clud­ing Dubbo Re­gional Coun­cil, the RMS is de­vel­op­ing a con­cept de­sign in­clud­ing in­ter­sec­tion de­tails and car­ry­ing out an en­vi­ron­men­tal as­sess­ment.

“The com­mu­nity will be in­vited to pro­vide feed­back dur­ing both de­sign and en­vi­ron­men­tal as­sess­ment,” an of­fi­cial RMS web­site no­tice says.

Nine hun­dred sub­mis­sions were re­ported by the RMS to have been re­ceived, as stated in its May 2017 New Dubbo Bridge Re­port.

Purvis Lane, Myall Street, L.H. Ford Du­pli­ca­tion, Baird Street and Tam­worth Street were of­fered as other pos­si­ble bridge routes.

New Dubbo Bridge: The

RMS’S pre­ferred op­tion is River Street, above.



This photo of the 2010 flood which was pub­lished in the Septem­ber 20 edi­tion of Dubbo Photo News was cir­cu­lated to Coun­cil dur­ing the meet­ing.

Reader ques­tion:

I got a park­ing ticket re­cently but don’t think I de­served it. What can I do to protest this?

What Coun­cil says about Fines:

Some fines and in­fringe­ment no­tices is­sued in the Dubbo Lo­cal Govern­ment Area are ad­min­is­tered by non-coun­cil agen­cies.


If you have been is­sued a park­ing fine, you have 21 days to pay the NSW Govern­ment In­fringe­ment Pro­cess­ing Bu­reau.


An ap­peal on a park­ing in­fringe­ment will only be recog­nised where there is ex­cep­tional cir­cum­stances which may arise from an emer­gency or the ve­hi­cle was me­chan­i­cally in­op­er­a­ble.

If you con­sider the in­fringe­ment falls into one of the above cir­cum­stances please con­tact us with all sup­port­ing ev­i­dence and doc­u­men­ta­tion.

All other con­tested breaches are to be ad­ju­di­cated by the court sys­tem (nom­i­nate the ‘court elect’ op­tion on the back of the in­fringe­ment no­tice).


For all other fines, please re­fer to the con­tact de­tails on your in­fringe­ment no­tice. A DPN reader asked in this col­umn last month when the El­ston Park Wa­ter Park will be open. Coun­cil has ad­vised the Wa­ter Park was turned on in time for the long week­end.

In­dica­tive Op­er­at­ing times are: Septem­ber 29 to No­vem­ber 3: be­tween 9am and 6pm daily

No­vem­ber 3 to Fe­bru­ary 2L be­tween 9am and 8.30pm daily


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