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The New South Wales Government has been asked to consider using an existing rail corridor on the north coast as part of plans to upgrade the Pacific Highway.
The Roads and Traffic Authority is presenting four options for the upgrade of the Ewingsdale to Tintenbar section.
Two run close to the existing highway, one runs through cane fields and the other is over Emigrant Creek.
All include a tunnel under St Helena Road.
Farmers and home owners are worried that houses will be demolished and agricultural land destroyed.
But the Member for Ballina, Don Page, says all could be saved if the upgrades take place near the existing rail corridor.
"From an area at Bangalow that the road should go through dual carriageway roughly in the line of the existing rail line," he said.
"The Government already owns the majority of that corridor, it owns the rail corridor, it also owns Summerland Way and I'm not talking here about compromising rail services, I would envisage that it would have the continuation of rail services as well as a road corridor and that occurs in many parts of the world."
One cane farmer and cattle producer says the highway upgrades will ruin valuable land.
Tony McGrath from Tyndale says he is worried about his future.
"Some of the cane farms in the area will be well and truly affected by one of the options. Cattle properties will be affected in that same option," he said.
"The option following the existing highway will probably see some farm land go but option two, which is slightly south of the current existing highway, will see a lot of property and agricultural land go by the wayside and split farms in two."
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