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As a regular visitor to the Macadamia Castle I have been horrified to see a petition stating that the RMS (RTA) is not planning to have an exit off the new Pacific Hwy that would make this business accessible to the travelling public. Now I see that the situation is even worse than before. What is the RMS thinking?

This is a highly successful business that provides a unique rest stop for people travelling the Pacific Highway. The RMS is continually promoting ‘Stop, Revive, Survive’ and in this case they are intentionally restricting access to this wonderful local business. I do not believe in giving any business preferential treatment but I wonder what would happen if it were a McDonald’s in the same location.

This business provides a wonderful service to the travelling public. We stop there on every opportunity when travelling north. It is a unique location, as it provides a special environment for children as well as the supply of local handicrafts and food products. It is a pleasure to stop there and it has a much more pleasant atmosphere than the usual sterile commercial environment of the fast food outlets. Plus they make the best pancakes in Australia. It obviously relies heavily on the travelling public to exist and without an access its future is questionable. Come on everyone, get behind this local business and try to influence the RMS to put a proper interchange at Ivy Lane to allow access in all directions.

Bob Little, Maclean

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