Coffs Harbour pay attention: Don’t get carried away by the announcement that we’ve finally gotten some of the money for the By-Pass, the plan still says “potential tunnels”. That’s NOT good enough!
By Rod McKelvey
The Federal & NSW Governments & the RMS must to commit to building tunnels on the Coffs By-Pass not visually hideous, noisy canyons. Otherwise by the RMS’s own admission 10,000 residents will be living with the nightmare of the noise reverberating off 80/90m high rock canyons when tunnels would give be far, far better, especially if they pay attention to the design of the portals.
The rock canyons will also disrupt vital east/west ridge line fauna corridors from/to a coastal hot spot for species like Koala, which will be critical for their survival as the climate changes. The drainage lines preferred as fauna crossings by the RMS because they’re cheap, will simply be inadequate.
Canyons are also highly disrespectful of the cultural significance of our Traditional Custodians overland trails and trading routes between Diggers Beach & Mt Coramba, the Jetty Area & Roberts Hill & Mt Coramba, the Orara Valley & places beyond.
C’mon RMS stop being so awful and do the right thing by Coffs Harbour and not leave us with a barren noisy eyesore like the Sapphire to Woolgoolga Pacific Highway Upgrade without any proper elevated wildlife crossings as planned, but sneakily removed by a late amendment.
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Originally published by Rod McKelvey, Former Deputy Mayor of Coffs Harbour. Reprinted with permission.