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Locals furious over ‘mad’ clearway proposal

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Ray Hadley has slammed a “mad” clearway proposal on Sydney’s Northern Beaches, saying it will devastate the local community.

Roads and Maritime Services (RMS) wants to impose clearways on Pittwater Road from Collaroy down to Dee Why Lagoon.

They would apply from 6am to 7pm on weekdays and from 9am to 6pm on weekends and public holidays.

The proposal has sparked outrage, with small businesses, local lifesavers and residents all urging the state government to reconsider.

Ray Hadley says the plan is “sheer madness” and could devastate the local community.

“Surely to goodness common sense would prevail!”

Click PLAY below to hear Ray slam the clearway proposal 

After initially refusing to come on air, Roads Minister Melinda Pavey addressed the situation, assuring Ray she’ll take all the public’s feedback on board.

“We don’t want to shut a community down, which is why we’re consulting,” she says.

“Our policy is if we put clearways in we’ve got to find alternative parking in other spots.”

Click PLAY below for the full interview with Roads Minister Melinda Pavey

Former prime minister and local member for Warringah Tony Abbott has weighed in on the plan, telling Ray “we don’t need more clearways, we need more roads”.

Click PLAY below to hear from Mr Abbott

Federal Member for Mackellar Jason Falinski called in, telling Ray the proposed changes are a “joke”.

“[It’s] the RMS off the leash again, coming up with bad idea after bad idea.

“The one good idea they could have, which is to build more roads so we get better transport links up here, they never seem to have.”

Click PLAY below to hear from the Member for Mackellar Jason Falinski