Bypass design was settled a decade ago
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