WITH the Pacific Hwy upgrade from Sapphire to Woolgoolga racing ahead, attention is being turned to what to call the service road running along side it.
Coffs Harbour City Council is likely to begin a consultation period with residents but documents reveal it is leaning heavily toward renaming the section of the old highway which that takes in Hoys Road at Moonee Beach, to Clarence Street, Woolgoolga the Solitary Islands Way.
While a final report on a new name for this section will be produced after the consultation process, the change to Solitary Islands Way is believed to have a few benefits.
While some residents will have to change their addresses, early studies show forming a new service road from the option of naming the roadway Solitary Islands Way has potential to attract visitor traffic off the highway and into the northern beaches villages, generating tourist trade for local businesses.
The reason for moving on the issue quickly is so a new name can be finalised and made official prior to the completion of the eagerly-awaited highway duplication project.