A Pacific Hwy service centre at Nambucca Heads, along the lines of this one at Chinderah, is expected to be open in the second half of 2017.
A Pacific Hwy service centre at Nambucca Heads, along the lines of this one at Chinderah, is expected to be open in the second half of 2017. John Gass

Service centre a step closer

WHEN the Nambucca Heads to Urunga upgrade of the Pacific Hwy is opened to traffic at the end of the year, work on the service centre at Nambucca Heads will begin.

Roads and Maritime Services entered into an agreement last year with RP Petroleum and BP Australia to develop the Nambucca Heads rest area site into a service centre.

"They have received planning approval from Nambucca Shire Council in response to the development application and are preparing for building work," a Roads and Maritime Services spokesperson said.

At this stage the nature of which businesses will be operating next to the Nambucca Heads interchange is yet to be announced.

"The highway service centre is expected to be open in the second half of next year," the spokesperson added.

In the Roads and Maritime Services' March update on the project, it's reported most of the paving for the roadways is expected to be completed this month and that the upgrade is expected to be "open to traffic mid to late this year".

Meanwhile hopes of increased employment with the development of a service centre at Arrawarra needs to be put on hold.

A rest area is currently being built at the Arrawarra interchange as part of the Woolgoolga to Halfway Creek project but that is what it will remain as in the near future.

"There are no current plans to develop the Arrawarra site into a service centre. Last year it was included as a potential site," the spokesperson said.

A future highway service centre at the Arrawarra site would be subject to local planning approval.



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