Call a pub­lic meet­ing on bridge and by­pass

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The Editor,

Re: The an­nounce­ment on Au­gust 2 by Mem­ber for Dubbo Du­gald Saun­ders that the NSW Gov­ern­ment will pro­vide Dubbo Re­gional Coun­cil with a spe­cial grant of $100,000 to help fund in­ves­ti­ga­tions into a bridge for the south­ern part of the city.

The hun­dred grand Du­gald Saun­ders has thrown at the mayor is just a smoke screen to try and take the heat out of River Street.

The mayor’s lapped it up, be­cause it’s given him more attention.

There’s no need for a hun­dred grand’s worth of stud­ies for a south­ern bridge op­tion.

Coun­cil’s had all that info for a decade or more when they made plans for the Tam­worth Street bridge.

Tam­worth Street is the best op­tion for our next river crossing, in con­junc­tion with a west of city heavy ve­hi­cle by­pass.

The by­pass doesn’t need to have a high-level crossing at Troy straight away. The main thing at present is to get the trucks out of town.

The high-level crossing should be at Tam­worth Street. That will take the pressure off the L.H. Ford Bridge, come hell or high water.

There should of course be a high-level crossing at Troy within the next decade.

In the in­terim, trucks could use the Tam­worth Street Bridge-boundary Road-wheel­ers Lane-yarran­dale Road-boothenba Road route dur­ing high level floods.

Dubbo Re­gional Coun­cil needs to host a pub­lic meet­ing to show the Gov­ern­ment how much op­po­si­tion there is to River Street.

If the mayor won’t con­vene the meet­ing, then John Ryan or Stephen Lawrence should do it.

Du­gald and the RMS can please them­selves if they at­tend.

The pur­pose of the meet­ing would not be to high­light ar­gu­ments against River Street, be­cause it’s all in the pub­lic arena any­way.

The main pur­pose of the meet­ing would be a show of unity and a show of num­bers for those dis­af­fected peo­ple who feel totally be­trayed and ignored by Gov­ern­ment.

Steve Hod­der,

Dubbo

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