The Northside Progress Association says it supports moves to not seal the Point Plomer Rd.
Association president Kingsley Searle says any funds likely to be used on that section of road would be better directed to sealing the dangerous Maria River Road.
“While we sympathise with those residents who live along the Point Plomer Rd, we believe that the funds would be much better spent sealing the Maria River Road.
“There is no debate that Maria River Road is dangerous. Everyone agrees that it should be sealed.
“We just feel there is a much greater safety risk travelling along Maria River Road compared with Point Plomer Rod.”
The Crescent Head Ratepayers and Residents’ Association is calling on people who would like to see the unique area maintained to join them at Racecourse Headland at 8.30am on Sunday, January 13.
The plan is to talk to Big Hill to protest the sealing plan.
Already over 150 people have registered their intention to march against the decision.
There will be a barbecue at Big Hill, as well as music.
Cars will be provided to shuttle people back to their vehicles at Racecourse afterwards.
Organisers have reminded people attending to bring water, hats and sunscreen. (Water will be available on the route, however you must have your own bottle.)
- 08.30 – 09.00am Gather at Racecourse Headland
- 09.00 – 09.15 Welcome to Country and smoking ceremony (James Dungay)
- 09.15 – 10.15 Walk from Racecourse Headland to Big Hill (approx. 3km)
- 10.15 – 11.15 barbecue & Speeches
- 11.15 – 12.00 Music & swimming/enjoying our beautiful beach
Point Plomer Rd extends to the south of Crescent Head through the Goolawah National Park to Limeburners Creek National Park.
A four-wheel drive (4WD) access track exists through Limeburners Creek National Park, which links to Plomer Road to the south in the Port Macquarie-Hastings Council local government area (the northern end of which is also 4WD access only).
Kempsey Shire Council maintains the road over a length of 11.8km, from Crescent Head Road to Big Hill, where the road enters Limeburners Creek National Park. 5.6km of the road is sealed, with two gravel sections of 4km and 2.2km remaining.
Visitors come to the area to enjoy camping. Facilities are basic, the sheltered beaches are pristine, and wildlife is plentiful around the rocky shores and reefs.
This is where the East Australian Current comes closest to the coastline, providing a terrific vantage point over migrating whales, turtles, dolphins and seabirds.
Goolawah is also an important area for the conversation of dingoes, and visitors often sight them around the campground or along the beaches.
Goolawah means ‘yesterday’ in the Dunghutti language. The land is significant to local Aboriginal people, and their word for it is appropriate. Goolawah is exactly like yesterday – untouched by the footprint of development.
This is what draws visitors back year after year, organisers say.
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