Newspaper article The Northern Star (Lismore, Australia)

Bypass Inspiration for Highway Book; Route through Alstonville Has a Chequered History

Newspaper article The Northern Star (Lismore, Australia)

Bypass Inspiration for Highway Book; Route through Alstonville Has a Chequered History

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IAN KIRKLAND has taken a trip into the past to document the history of the Bruxner Highway through Alstonville.

The president of the Alstonville Plateau Historical Society has completed a draft of the booklet, which will be titled From Bush Track to Bypass, and launched at the community celebration of the opening of the long-awaited stretch of road.

The booklet will cover the history of the road from its beginnings through to August this year, before the completion of the bypass.

Mr Kirkland said he wanted to record the history of the highway as the bypass had been a controversial issue in recent years.

"I thought people would want a memento of the road," he said.

His research covers the stretch of the highway from the Pacific Highway junction through to the Marom Creek speed camera.

It was in the 1960s that then Tintenbar Shire Council, which merged with Ballina Municipal Council later to form Ballina Shire Council, first mooted the idea of a bypass around Alstonville. …

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