Pacific Highway upgrade flood focus group members

10 November 2011

If you have an interest in contributing to how the potential impact of the planned Woolgoolga to Ballina Pacific Highway upgrade on floodwater levels will be managed, Roads and Maritime Services (RMS) wants to hear from you.

“RMS is forming flood focus groups for the Clarence River and Richmond River floodplains and the waterways which flow around them, such as Pillar Valley Creek, Coldstream River, Shark Creek and Tuckombil Canal,” an RMS spokesperson said.

“The focus groups will address the importance of investigating flood impact reduction measures while the upgrade is being designed to ensure properties and the environment in the floodplains are protected when the upgrade is built.

“An independent flood specialist has been engaged to look at the upgrade’s potential flood impacts. This will include reviewing updated flood models to take into account changes resulting from the refinement of the concept design, reviewing the project’s proposed waterway structures and reviewing flood impact maps.

“The flood focus groups are being formed to give locals a chance to contribute to this process because we know how important this issue is for the community,” the spokesperson said.

The first flood focus group meetings are being held:

  • Wednesday 16 November from 5.30pm to 7.30pm
    Harwood Hall, River Street, Harwood
  • Thursday 17 November from 5.30pm to 7.30pm
    Wardell Hall, Richmond Street, Wardell

To register your interest to attend one of the flood focus group meetings call the project’s toll free information line on 1800 778 900 or email

For more information about the upgrade visit the Pacific Highway upgrade website at

Planning for the Woolgoolga to Ballina Pacific Highway upgrade is funded by the NSW Government.

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