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Coun­cil­lor wants by­pass changed

The Coffs Coast Advocate - - NEWS - JA­NINE WAT­SON Ja­nine.Wat­son@coff­s­coas­tad­vo­

COUN­CIL­LOR Keith Rhoades will move a mo­tion at this week’s meet­ing urg­ing fel­low Coffs Har­bour coun­cil­lors to unite in op­po­si­tion to the cur­rent by­pass plan.

He wants to send a mes­sage to the NSW Gov­ern­ment that the coun­cil and the com­mu­nity “will not ac­cept the pro­posed cut­tings and de­mand that the orig­i­nal tun­nels, as pro­posed, be re­in­stated”.

He fears the beau­ti­ful back­drop of Coffs Har­bour will be per­ma­nently scarred by the pro­posed cut­tings and they will re­sult in an eco­nomic down­turn to the tourism in­dus­try.

The mo­tion to be raised on Thurs­day evening also in­cludes a clause call­ing on the coun­cil to start a cam­paign on be­half of the com­mu­nity to in­form the wider pop­u­la­tion of NSW of the plans for the pre­ferred by­pass, and the ef­fects it will have.

Cr Rhoades will also re­quest coun­cil funds be al­lo­cated to launch this cam­paign and that a sub com­mit­tee be formed as a mat­ter of ur­gency to make it hap­pen.

“Coun­cil needs to har­ness the sup­port of those in NSW who visit our city on a yearly ba­sis for hol­i­days and in­form them of the dev­as­ta­tion this pro­posed con­cept plan will have,” he said.

Some refuse to call the cur­rent plan a by­pass, in­stead la­belling it a ring road or CBD by­pass at best.

In 2004 Cr Rhoades fought against the cur­rent coastal route, ar­gu­ing it should go fur­ther to the west.

“But the gov­ern­ment is not go­ing to change its po­si­tion on the route. What we have to do is en­sure that we get the best, with cap­i­tals B E S T, out­come we can.

“The gov­ern­ment has also got to re­alise that there are an enor­mous amount of peo­ple op­posed to the cur­rent con­cept plan and the gov­ern­ment is quite aware there is an elec­tion com­ing up.

“If the Coali­tion Gov­ern­ment is de­ter­mined to dump this ridicu­lous pro­posal on us then they’ve got to be pre­pared for the com­mu­nity to re­ject their can­di­dates at the up­com­ing state and fed elec­tions. It’s their call.”

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