By­pass hits a dead end with ‘new’ align­ment

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THE Smith­field by­pass clash re­mains as raw as ever with Cairns Re­gional Coun­cil and the State Gov­ern­ment con­tin­u­ally con­tra­dict­ing each other.

The coun­cil will write to the Depart­ment of Trans­port and Main Roads to re­con­sider its “new” align­ment of the by­pass, which would cut through the mid­dle of a pro­posed in­dus­trial sub­di­vi­sion at Smith­field.

In the mean­time the gov­ern­ment de­nies there has been any change in the align­ment since agree­ment was reached with “key stake­hold­ers” years ago. “This agree­ment was reached dur­ing plan­ning con­ducted in 2013 (which in­cluded rep­re­sen­ta­tives from the Cairns Re­gional Coun­cil) which deemed the align­ment as the most fea­si­ble route,” a DTMR spokesman said.

“This align­ment was com­mu­ni­cated to the de­vel­oper on March 15, 2017, prior to pur­chase, and the de­clared route made pub­lic by the Premier in her an­nounce­ment on July 12, 2017.”

The coun­cil says the sub­di­vi­sion rep­re­sents one of the last re­main­ing op­tions for in­dus­trial de­vel­op­ment in the North­ern Beaches. Deputy Mayor Terry James said DTMR of­fi­cers had told coun­cil­lors at a meet­ing on Au­gust 30 that tech­ni­cal is­sues with the pro­posed sec­tion of road still needed to be con­sid­ered.

“It’s not a mat­ter that they have been done. They haven’t been, so this is the chance for them re­view the whole thing and find a so­lu­tion that suits every­body,” he said.

Baby girl Kadence Grace Se­les is the first-born child of Gra­ham Se­les and Tahlie Barry. She was born at Mareeba Hos­pi­tal on Septem­ber 6, 2017 and weighed 2789 grams (6lb 1oz)

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