EIS won’t be lost at Christmas
MANY at the public meeting expressed concern the bypass Environmental Impact Statement would be released in the busy holiday period before Christmas.
An EIS is a report addressing potential impacts of a proposed development.
Recently, Minister for Roads Melinda Pavey indicated this may be the case and residents are concerned this will limit the ability of people to properly consider this important document and prepare submissions.
In response, Member for Coffs Harbour Andrew Fraser addressed the crowd giving his word this wouldn’t happen.
He has given an assurance the public consultation will be extended until the end of January and the EIS will not be released over the Christmas holiday period.
He also committed to a more permanent display of the various plans and concept drawings.
“I have written to Coffs Harbour City Council asking that they have a permanent display of the bypass route in either the foyer of the council chambers or the library, until such time as the public consultation process is completed,” Mr Fraser said.
“This is usual practice for all public consultations and I am hopeful that council will agree to this request.”