By­pass de­sign was set­tled a decade ago

The Coffs Coast Advocate - - YOUR SAY -

FROM 2001 to 2004, many of us liv­ing in west Coffs were very ac­tive in try­ing to in­flu­ence a proper by­pass route, not the de­fec­tive in­ner cor­ri­dor.

Many meet­ings at the Norm Jor­dan Pav­il­ion with coun­cil­lors and Roads and Traf­fic Au­thor­ity (now RMS); protest ral­lies; block­ing the high­way at the Bai­ley Cen­tre; cam­paigns pro­mul­gat­ing a so­lu­tion that did not stran­gle the town; rip into the hills and bring per­ma­nent noise and pol­lu­tion to many many homes.

We had Keith Rhoades run­ning for State on this; a 10,000 plus pe­ti­tion pre­sented by (Mem­ber for Coffs Har­bour) An­drew Fraser and time and ef­fort from some very ded­i­cated peo­ple, Dale, Moody etc to try and bring the RTA to their senses.

Cost is the driver of this ring road so given the fore­go­ing, the lack of RMS/RTA vi­sion (go to Europe and see the so­lu­tions) and in­tran­si­gence, you are likely to see cut­tings a third of a kilo­me­tre wide above a very large pop­u­la­tion driven bonkers by the prox­im­ity of a high­way.

Cost is right­fully a driver but the in­cre­men­tal cost on the com­mu­nity was never go­ing to be off­set against the cheap­ness of the In­ner Cor­ri­dor where there were more for­ward look­ing al­ter­na­tives.

So don’t ex­pect tun­nels – con­sis­tent with the 2001-2004 process, “con­sul­ta­tion” means feed­back, thanks for that, now bug­ger off.

This out­come was set in stone in 2001. Mark Attwood

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