Maca Castle boss hits out at road authority over hwy signs
MACADAMIA Castle owner Tony Gilding has accused Roads and Maritime Services of ignoring community wishes and even directions from State Ministers in designing signage for the upgraded Pacific Highway.
The tongue-lashing follows the release of RMS's final signage plan for the highway, which includes signage pointing to the Macadamia Castle, which will lose its highway frontage with the upgrade.
Mr Gilding and others in the community had been pushing for signs with a high visual impact, potentially including images.
However, the sign the RMS chose was a white-on-brown text sign sitting underneath a standard green directional sign.
"The RMS has lost a golden opportunity to support local jobs in favour of a slavish devotion to outdated rules,' Mr Gilding said in a statement.
"What could have been an innovative solution which would mitigate the effects of the highway on local jobs has become another set of dreary poo-brown signs with words such as "Next Exit Tourist drive 28"."
In the statement, Mr Gilding said he had not spoken out earlier on the signage issue "for fearr of retribution".
"I have sat in rooms where local members and even ministers have issued directives to the RMS which the RMS subsequently ignored," he said.
"Their obsession with getting their own way despite community protest is not in the interest of NSW taxpayers.
"They are the only agency in NSW who are protected by draconian legislation (critical infrastructure) which removes the legal right of protest to RMS decisions.
"There is a widely held view that their consulation processes are a box ticking exercise.
"The net result is a lost opportunity to mitigate the effects of the highway upgrade. This will cost jobs."