Minister to make major bypass announcement
MINISTER for Regional Transport and Roads Paul Toole will be in Coffs Harbour tomorrow for a long-awaited bypass update.
The Advocate believes it will be the release of the EIS Submissions Report.
In September last year the long-awaited Environmental Impact Study (EIS) went on display.
More than 180 submissions were received via the Department of Planning, Industry and Environment (DPIE) Major Projects' website.
The Submissions report collates the community submissions and provides a response.
Minister Toole will be joined by Member for Coffs Harbour Gurmesh Singh at the Coffs Harbour Showground to make the announcement.
Drilling to test the hardness of rock in preparation for tunnels on the Bypass is underway at the moment.
For years the community had been expecting tunnels until shocked by the release of a Preferred Concept Design in September 2018 showing cuttings.
It was considered a win for people power when the EIS was released in September last year showing tunnels.
They will also make announcements in relation to jobs creation; a milestone for the Regional Seniors Travel Card; and new bus technology in a 'first for regional NSW'.