EIS won’t be lost at Christ­mas

The Coffs Coast Advocate - - NEWS -

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.”

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