Community engagement

Roads and Maritime displayed a preferred road corridor for comment in December 2010 and spoke with affected land owners and local councils. The alignment displayed in December 2010 required both large scale bridge and road works and was estimated to cost over $85 million.

Due to the substantial costs associated with the option displayed in December 2010, Roads and Maritime reinvestigated options for the road corridor. A new alignment to the west of the existing Dignams Creek Bridge was developed to assist Roads and Maritime achieve a project that provided better value for money.

The western option has lower cuttings and embankments in the Dignams Creek valley and could be built at a considerably lower cost. The concept design for this preferred option was placed on display from 30 November 2012 until 8 February 2013.

The Review of Environmental Factors (REF) for the western option was displayed from 27 June until 29 July 2013. Roads and Maritime held two community drop in sessions during the display period at the Cobargo School of Arts on 16 and 17 of July. The drop in sessions gave the community an opportunity to get an update on the proposal and to ask questions.

A total of 14 submissions on the REF were received in response to the display. Roads and Maritime produced a Submissions Report that summarises the issues raised and provides responses to each issue, details additional investigations carried out since the REF went on display, and identifies new or revised environmental management measures.

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