THE words "stupid", "redundant" and "this is rubbish" rang out loudly at a bypass meeting at Lake Tabourie on Wednesday evening.
The meeting was called by the Tabourie Lake Ratepayers and Residents Association in response to the recently announced preferred Milton-Ulladulla bypass option announced by Transport NSW.
Tabourie residents will now unite and do whatever they can to stop the bypass from "destroying their village".
The preferred route is the same one identified as the existing bypass corridor in the Shoalhaven Local Environmental Plan and will be approximately 13km long and go from the north of Milton to the north of Burrill Lake.
It was totally rejected by the residents who attended the meeting on Wednesday in front of the Tabourie RFS Rural Fire Service Station.
"We [the Tabourie Lake Ratepayers and Residents Association] oppose it and I think you do too," association chairperson David Swarts said as he opened the meeting.
The association's preferred route would be to use existing roads in the Woodstock, Woodburn and Monkey Mountain areas which would see the bypass come out near Termeil.
Mr Swarts said other local residents may not support the association's preferred route.
However, he stressed the association needs to do what it feels right for Tabourie residents.
"This preferred option will create more traffic congestion," Mr Swarts said.
"We think the bottleneck it will create will end up in Tabourie.
"We are arguing that the whole character of the area will change."
Mr Swarts said the planners had used a 23-year-old redundant document that had been "doctored up'' and had "lipstick" put on when they came up with their preferred option.
"We could have four lanes of traffic coming through Tabourie," he said.
"The character and amenity of the village will change."
The meeting heard when the 23-year-old document was first produced that villages like Dolphin Point hardly existed.
Councillor Patricia White, from Shoalhaven City Council, attended the meeting to support the Tabourie residents and urged the resident to act and act now.
"You need to make a strong representation and you need to work together to get the best option," Cr White said.
State Member for the South Coast, Shelley Hancock, who also opposes the preferred option, said she would do everything in her power to support the residents.
"This is a real mess," was how she described the preferred option announced by Transport NSW.
"I told them the community will blow up about this and now you need to prove me right.
"You have to change it by using your voices.
"We have to fix this. Fight the fight and you will win it," she said.
Petitions and letters were ways the gathering was told to use in its campaign against the preferred option.
Meanwhile, the Burrill Lake Community Association invites residents to participate in a rally to be held at 10am on Sunday, December 13 at Burrill Lake to rally against the preferred Milton-Ulladulla Bypass route that would funnel traffic and create unnecessary congestion into Burrill Lake.
The Burrill Lake Community Association asks that everyone meet at the Lions Park on the southern side of Burrill Lake Bridge Date Sunday, December 13 at 9.45am at the large picnic shelter.
The rally will then proceed to the corner of the Princes Highway and Canberra Crescent and should finish by 11.30am.
The Burrill Lake Association has also invited various local representative state and federal politicians along with councillors from Shoalhaven City Council to attend the rally.