Coffs Harbour City Council today has its bypass banners up around the city.
Coffs Harbour City Council today has its bypass banners up around the city. Trevor Veale

Council launches campaign to build the best bypass

COFFS Harbour City Council has ramped up its push for the Coffs Harbour bypass to be constructed using tunnels, not cuttings and land bridges.

The council has today launched a campaign and is urging members of the community to join in.

Mayor Denise Knight said the campaign, called Build The Best Bypass, is an opportunity for the council and residents to present a united front to the decision makers of the bypass design and construction.

Would you prefer to see tunnels or cuttings built along the Coffs Harbour Pacific Highway Bypass route?

This poll ended on 23 September 2020.

Current Results

Tunnels as originally proposed in the RMS designs

76%

Undecided

2%

Cuttings and land bridges, which are now being suggested

20%

This is not a scientific poll. The results reflect only the opinions of those who chose to participate.

 

"The bottom line is we want the best bypass for Coffs Harbour and it is vital that we join together and really advocate for that to happen," Cr Knight said.

council bypass now banners grafton street opposite show grounds. 22 FEB 2018
Coffs Harbour City Council has its signs and banners up around the city calling on the State Government not to build a second rate bypass. Trevor Veale

"While there have been some positive events in recent times, with the design back in for review and the government indicating it will include tunnels, it's imperative that we remain a proactive, educated and powerful voice for our community.

 

Andrew Fraser, Cr Denise Knight.17 DEC 2018
Coffs Harbour Mayor Denise Knight with Member for Coffs Harbour Andrew Fraser. TREVOR VEALE

Cr Knight said the campaign, which includes a website where you can have your say and dedicated social media activity, will also inform residents on the differences between the proposed cutting and land bridge concept and tunnels.

"The bypass has been more than a decade in the making and there is a lot of misinformation circling," she said.

"We want to inform residents about the risks and negatives of having cuttings instead of tunnels and what is at stake if cuttings and land bridges feature in the final design."

"The RMS's own report in 2008 noted several risks from large-scale cuttings - the depth of excavation, the large volumes of surplus fill produced, negative urban design outcomes and no clarity on cost."

council bypass now banners grafton street opposite show grounds. 22 FEB 2018
The banners have been hung this morning along the highway opposite the Coffs Harbour Showground. Trevor Veale

"That's not to mention it could destroy Coffs Harbour's treasured 'green cradle' - the foothills of the Great Dividing Range that wrap around our city."

Cr Knight said the campaign, which would also see council display signage and stickers on its council fleet, highlighted tunnels were the best option.

Coffs Harbour City Council's vehicle fleet has been fitted with stickers calling for tunnels on the Coffs bypass not cuttings and landbridges.
Coffs Harbour City Council's vehicle fleet has been fitted with stickers calling for tunnels on the Coffs bypass not cuttings and landbridges. Janine Watson

"The use of three tunnels for the bypass will avoid any aesthetic, acoustic, environmental and Aboriginal-heritage issues and we will be using the campaign to really emphasise this."

"We are urging all our community members to join the conversation and take a stand to ensure Coffs Harbour gets the best bypass."

"Click here and have your say."

Coffs Harbour City Council's vehicle fleet has been fitted with stickers calling for tunnels on the Coffs bypass not cuttings and landbridges.
Coffs Harbour City Council's vehicle fleet has been fitted with stickers calling for tunnels on the Coffs bypass not cuttings and landbridges. Janine Watson