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“The biggest hoax ever inflicted on Coffs Harbour”?

Sally Townley met with the RMS on Tuesday and the obfuscation continued. We deserve better.

By the Coffs Bypass Action Group

From an article in today’s Coffs Coast Advocate:
After a frustrating four-hour tussle in court on Monday it was resolved to hold another mediation on July 30.

Today’s front page of The Advocate

“I had hoped that the RMS would produce at least some of the documents I was seeking, but they continue to pull the veil of secrecy over this project. However, we have agreed to continue mediation and I won’t give up,” Dr Townley said.

Among the band of supporters at the courthouse on Monday was Paul Owens who described the hunt for information as a Pandora’s box gradually opening.

The story from the inside pages

“And if we think of what’s in the box it could be the biggest hoax ever inflicted on Coffs Harbour,” Mr Owens he said.

First published at The Coffs Bypass Action Group’s Facebook site – 26 June 2019.

Editor’s comment: Firstly a huge thanks to Cr Townley for doing this.

It takes passion, time, commitment and guts to do what she has done. Namely to literally ‘take on the machine’. In this case the State Government in the guise of the RMS ‘machine’.

These are the actions of a Councillor who is committed to her community.

The obfuscation by the RMS raises the question; “What are they hiding and why?” Is it because the three tunnels don’t exist in any of their plans and that promises made during the recent state election ‘aren’t worth a hill of beans’?

“Publicity is justly commended as a remedy for social and industrial diseases. Sunlight is said to be the best of disinfectants; electric light the most efficient policeman. The most important political office is that of the private citizen. We must make our choice”. Justice Louis D. Brandeis, Brandeis University, USA.

In the meantime this song by Pink Floyd comes to mind; https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fn1R-5p_j5c

“What did you dream? It’s alright we told you what to dream.” Pink Floyd. ‘Welcome to the machine’


  1. Next time I tune into the blog, I’ll make sure I’m wearing headphones..!
    Do you take requests?
    IE: Tunnel of Love : Road to Hell : Broken Dreams.
    PF’s The Wall

  2. Happy to oblige ‘Boris’. send those requests in.

    Highway to Hell springs to mind now you mention it 😉

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