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The alternative route for the Highway upgrade, the orange option, approximates the existing highway and therefore doesn't open up a new wide corridor of clearing as the RMS preferred route does. It makes sense to utilise the existing cleared corridor for this large scale infrastructure project.
Thank you to the 1278 people throughout the world who have signed my petition to help save the Coastal Emu on the New South Wales North Coast, Australia. The Roads and Maritime Services Authority is a powerful body so we need many more signatures on the petition. Please distribute it through your Facebook, Twitter, email etc. networks. The Emus thank you!!!
The Coastal Emu is listed as an endangered population on the New South Wales North Coast. It has declined in recent years due to predation by feral and domestic animals and road deaths. The current population estimate is about 100 birds. The Roads and Maritime Services plan to construct a large freeway through the remaining habitat of the species in the Clarence Valley interrupting, or preventing, the natural movements of the species. There is a less ecologically destructive alternative route, the orange option, but this has been rejected on social and economic grounds. The major environmental issues have been ignored.
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