Artist impressions of the Coffs Harbour Pacific Highway Bypass.
Artist impressions of the Coffs Harbour Pacific Highway Bypass. RMS

Council supports plans for bypass redesign

COFFS Harbour City Council has welcomed the NSW State Government's announcement to reconsider the design of the Coffs Harbour bypass to deliver an outcome that addresses issues raised by the community.

Coffs Harbour Mayor Denise Knight said the new approach, which will see the NSW Government forming a Coffs Harbour Bypass Consultative Committee, is an opportunity for the whole community to work together positively to ensure the best bypass is delivered as soon as possible for our city.

"Council has long advocated for the best possible outcome for our community, and we will actively support and work with the government to ensure the new committee is representative of the local community and is only influenced by what is best for Coffs Harbour," Cr Mayor Knight said.

"I would urge interested members of the community to put themselves forward to be on the committee."

While expressions of interest for committee members will be open from Monday, Cr Knight said she hopes a council representative will be invited to contribute.

"I believe it's very important that council, which is the voice of the local community, is a participant on the committee.

"As part of our support and to keep the community informed, we are liaising with the government to seek clarity around timings, funding and how they plan to put the tunnels back into the design.

"We're convinced that by working together with the government and other stakeholders, we will achieve a bypass solution that overcomes community concerns around the environment, aesthetics, noise and aboriginal heritage."