A delegation from the Tweed Community Highway Group this week joined Tweed National MP Geoff Provest in Sydney for a meeting with NSW Labor Roads Minister Michael Daley.
The purpose of the discussions between the Minister, Mr Provest and group members Rod Bates, Terry Plant and Mike Allen was to seek design improvements to the Pacific Highway upgrade at Sexton Hill, Banora Point.
Mr Provest said that while the group still believed the tunnel option for the upgrade would be the best outcome, it accepted that the Government’s decision on the viaduct ‘Option B’ upgrade was now final.
“Further affordable modifications to Option B could still deliver a much better outcome for local traffic, in particular we need a new interchange at Kirkwood Road to prevent gridlock in Tweed Heads South,” Mr Provest said.
“What we are asking the Minister to do is to despatch senior RTA engineers to the Tweed so they can walk the route with us and see first-hand the flaws of the current design and the solutions we are proposing.
“It is neither in the interests of the Tweed nor the NSW Treasury for consumers to bypass Tweed Heads and shop on the Gold Coast.”
Mr Provest said the fact the Minister was prepared to meet the group and listen to their concerns was a significant step forward.
“Minister Daley has been fair dinkum in giving us a hearing, and I thank him for that,” he said.
“Whether he is willing or able to address our concerns remains to be seen.”