Letter to the editor | Guanna Hill upgrade – not Long Point – is the solution

WAY FORWARD: Anne Salter believes any money used to create a direct link between Orange and Mudgee would be better spent on upgrading the Mitchell Highway.
WAY FORWARD: Anne Salter believes any money used to create a direct link between Orange and Mudgee would be better spent on upgrading the Mitchell Highway.

A LOW-LEVEL crossing or causeway would be a positive step to increase access for local traffic and off-the-beaten-track recreational enthusiasts.

We need to face facts about the terrain and distance between Orange and Mudgee and understand the sheer magnitude of trying to construct a high-standard bitumen road via the Long Point route, let alone a bridge to span the huge gorge across the Macquarie River.

The funds required to complete such a mammoth task would be many billions of dollars, with major disturbance to so much to create such a road.

A road between Orange and Mudgee exists via Molong and Wellington.

Our government has committed in the vicinity of $50 million to the Guanna Hill upgrade between Orange and Molong.

When complete this will be equal the best road in NSW.

To our MPs and councils: Let's direct the funds into the section of road from Wellington to Mudgee to bring it up to highway standard by utilising the existing road.

It would be a win-win for all, creating a high standard road with less travel time from Orange to Mudgee and benefit Wellington and Dubbo with great access to Mudgee, and vice versa.

While a low-level crossing over the Macquarie River is a great idea, a lot of thought is needed before constructing this.

The very last thing anyone wants is a death trap.

When you create a crossing people will try to cross during flooding. Either it has to be constructed higher than flood level, or the crossing would need to be constantly monitored and completely closed, with an automated on-site barrier system during rain events and high flow levels.

To understand the Orange-Long Point-Mudgee route, a good idea is to take the trip in a four wheel drive from Orange to Mudgee the entire way to experience it firsthand, which will help to gain a better understanding.

Government funds should be utilised efficiently, where there will be the greatest benefit.

Anne Salter

WE NEED TO CHANGE OUR THINKING ON FIRE CONTROL

BLAZING bushfires are destroying parts of NSW in at least six areas. Some of the fires were deliberately lit.

In addition, every summer somewhere in Australia, “burning off” gets out of control, to destroy houses, stock and lives. I feel that “burning off” should be stopped.

Surely, mowing or whipper-snipping the grass, then using the product for either hay or silage, or chopping it up then rotting it down to use as fertiliser, would be better ideas. It is time to do some lateral thinking about the fire problem.

Barbara Fern

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