North Dubbo residents falling sick over bridge
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.
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