Urunga residents have marked the town's recent tragedy and formed a Pacific Highway Action Group.
Urunga residents have marked the town's recent tragedy and formed a Pacific Highway Action Group. Frank Redward

Urunga locals mark tragedy

THE planned walk across the Pacific Highway bridge at Urunga was today postponed, due to safety fears it may cause an accident in wet conditions.

However that didn't stop townsfolk coming together to remember the town's recent tragedy.

About 60 emotionally charged and vocal residents met with road safety campaigners on the Urunga foreshores.

Out of the meeting came action with formation of a residents group to help lobby group Doctors for a Safe Highway in pressuring government to increase Pacific Highway funding.

"In such wet conditions it would have been unsafe to have walked on the highway, that definitely is not something we would do, so we had no option but to postpone the protest walk beforehand," Doctors for a Safe Highway spokesman Dr Ray Jones said.

"We have begun speaking with the traffic authority and police and hope to make that symbolic crossing on February 7."

Wreaths were laid on the bridge in memory of young Max MacGregor and Nambucca Heads local David Levett who died in the b-double crash of Sunday, January 8.

The extent of the tragedy the Pacific Highway has had on the public was evident, with crash survivors and those who have lost loved ones making a stand.

Urunga locals instigating a Pacific Highway residents action group will again meet on the Morgo St foreshores on Saturday at 10am to elect a committee.  


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