Claims made this week by Andrew Fraser that Coffs Harbour City Council has been uncooperative in assisting Roads and Maritime Services display information to the community on the proposed Coffs Harbour Highway Bypass are completely false.
“Council have been very proactive in trying to facilitate Mr Fraser’s request. We contacted Roads and Maritime Services on numerous occasions asking for the display information to be supplied to us, and offering to assist in any way to help display this information in Council’s Customer Service Centre” said Council’s General Manager, Steve McGrath.
“Brochures supplied by Roads and Maritime Services have been on display in our Customer Service Centre since mid-October. This week we finally received further display material from Roads and Maritime Services which was immediately placed on display.”
“This information will remain on permanent display in our Customer Service Centre for as long as Roads and Maritime Services require it to be on exhibition. It needs to be stressed that the Coffs Harbour Highway Bypass project is an RMS / State Government project, it is not a Council project; however Council has offered and will assist.”
“This is a significant project for our city and as such should have a robust community engagement framework. Given this is a State Government project I encourage Mr Fraser to explore other options for community engagement on the project including manned displays where the community’s questions can be answered by qualified staff.”