Bypass hurts drive-by business

Bonville business feel they are losing valuable drive-by business because of the bypass.
Bonville business feel they are losing valuable drive-by business because of the bypass. Coffs Coast Advocate/Bruce Thomas

BONVILLE businesses are worried about their future, as a lack of signage on the new Bonville Bypass leaves tourists with no idea they exist.

And member for Coffs Harbour, Andrew Fraser, is holding a meeting for business owners this Saturday to gather information before he confronts the Minister for Roads.

“My office has been contacted by a number of concerned business owners and I have arranged to hear their concerns, so that I can pursue the issue with the Minister for Roads,” Mr Fraser said.

“The business owners are concerned that the RTA has advised them that no existing tourism/directional signage will be replaced on the new section of the Bonville Bypass.”

Owner of Absolutely Fabulously Local, Kim Towner, said she had been under the impression that the RTA would be erecting some kind of tourism signage along the bypass - and is worried about the loss of drive-by business if they don't.

“I will be attending the meeting with Mr Fraser. A lot of people who stop here are travelling past - if there's no signage, people won't even know we're here,” she said.

Mr Fraser agreed.

“This has a detrimental affect on a number of businesses, who are already suffering the effects of the economic downturn,” he said.

The meeting will take place at Bonville Golf Resort this Saturday from noon.

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