People with an interest in road safety on Waterfall Way” is a community group which was formed in 2005 through a whole of community response to stop an attempt by the NSW Government then, Roads and Traffic Authority to fell the one remaining wetland of swamp mahogany and paperbark trees at Camerons Corner Wetland, the last remaining intact wetland in the Bellinger valley. The Wetland was beloved to both Visitors and Locals and Ecologists felt that the wetland was of great natural value and contained many Threatened Species of Fauna and Flora. It reflected both important scientific and aesthetic values.
Waterfall Way widely promoted as a tourist destination is the heartline for our Shire connecting coastal, valley and mountain villages and providing the main arterial link to the Tablelands. The Community successfully negotiated for the wetland to remain intact and the Wetland was further protected by Bellingen Council under an E2 Local Government Environmental Protection law in 2006. The community again came together under this banner in 2013 following the decision by Bellingen Shire Council and the Roads & Maritime Services to allow EMS Quarries at Dorrigo to supply gravel for the Nambucca-Urunga section of the Pacific Highway Upgrade. There are further threats of another 750 truck and dog combinations travelling from Hernani to the Pacific Highway currently under consideration by Clarence Council. This decision will result in approximately 90,000 (yes ninety-thousand!) gravel truck and trailer movements up and down the Dorrigo mountain and through the beautiful and historic towns of Dorrigo and Bellingen over the next three years. The group believes that this will have a catastrophic effect on road safety, quality of living and tourism in our area, and we plan to take this issue to the State and Federal Governments, the Roads & Maritime Services, Bellingen Shire Council, The Ombudsman and the NSW Police.
The group states its categorical support for Truck Drivers and believe the issue is not the Truck Drivers, understanding that road safety affects all drivers… The state of the road is the focus of the issue .
You can add your voice by following Friends of Waterfall Way and sharing our link with your friends and family.