More than 50 recreational anglers are up in arms at plans to close a public road to one of the region’s best fishing spots.
The anglers have signed a petition protesting plans by the Tamworth Regional Council to close the unsealed road which runs off Appleby Lane to the Peel River so that a chicken farm can be built across it.
The petition will be sent to the NSW Government’s Land and Property Management Authority, which has the final say on the road closure.
Mr Peter Long, Practice Group Leader with Slater and Gordon at Gunnedah, who is representing land owners along the road, said the plans to close the road were illogical and against the public interest.
“This public road is not costing the Council anything because they have not maintained it. The local farmers do that at no charge to Council,” Mr Long said.
“It provides important access for farmers to their property and a clear and safe road to the river for hundreds of fishermen and their families.
“It is considered the best access in the district to the Peel River and any suggestion that there is a viable alternate route nearby are baseless.
“It just seems that the decision to close the road is being driven by a desire to meet developer’s needs rather than the needs of the community,” Mr Long said.