Newspaper article Coffs Coast Advocate (Coffs Harbour, Australia)

Proof Is in the Polls That Coffs Wants Tunnels; Council Report Shows 67 per Cent of Those Surveyed Want a Lower Road Gradient

Newspaper article Coffs Coast Advocate (Coffs Harbour, Australia)

Proof Is in the Polls That Coffs Wants Tunnels; Council Report Shows 67 per Cent of Those Surveyed Want a Lower Road Gradient

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COFFS Harbour City Council says the majority of residents in the community want a bypass with tunnels.

That's according to a survey that found more than two-thirds (67 per cent) of people wanted them included to address environmental, noise and local heritage issues.

The results, from a poll of 400 residents by Jetty Research commissioned by Coffs Harbour City Council, also revealed very little community support for cuttings, with only 6 per cent of residents opting for them to be solely used for the bypass.

Mayor Denise Knight said the research results should be enough for the NSW government elected later this month to get moving on building the best bypass with tunnels as one of its first priorities.

"We have Federal Government funds committed to a bypass and, through this survey, we now have a very clear view that the community wants tunnels, not cuttings," she said

"With two-thirds of those surveyed calling for tunnels, it's very clear that the majority of Coffs Harbour wants tunnels and we'd like to see the newly elected government follow through on what is clearly the best option for our city.

"For the benefit of the community, I call on all candidates and all parties in the upcoming state election to make a clear commitment for a bypass with tunnels - by that I mean a detailed outline of how they want the bypass to be constructed, when they plan to deliver a bypass and their definition of what constitutes a tunnel - and not just an acknowledgement for tunnels to be included but with little further information."

The research found:

Tunnels v cuttings:

Residents preferring three tunnels outweighed those preferring some or all cuttings by a ratio of three to one

The overwhelming preference was a bypass consisting of three tunnels (55 per cent)

A further 12 per cent preferred a bypass of both tunnels and cuttings

6 per cent preferred only cuttings (no tunnels)

The remaining 26 per cent had no preference, as long as the bypass was completed as quickly as possible. …

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