A Review of Environmental Factors for the sealing of Point Plomer Road is now open for community comment and feedback.
The project is identified as a priority in Council’s 2017-21 Delivery Program as part of improvements to the local transport network.
After extensive consideration of the issue, Kempsey Shire Council resolved in October 2018 to seal two gravel sections of Point Plomer Road to the north of Big Hill, totalling 6.2km in length.
The NSW Government has approved a grant for $2.88 million under the Regional Growth – Environment and Tourism Fund for the sealing works. This will enable Council to deliver the project at minimal cost to the community and to direct savings to other roadworks in the Shire.
The decision to seal the road was largely based on enhancing road user safety given the high traffic volumes experienced along the road – particularly during holiday periods – and reducing ongoing maintenance costs.
Council recognises that the surrounding environment is of high value and cultural significance, which is why this comprehensive environmental assessment process has been undertaken in compliance with the Environmental Planning & Assessment Act.
Specialist consultants, GHD, were engaged to conduct the review and provide the report.
Council’s Director Operations and Planning, Robert Fish, said the release of the Review of Environmental Factors was a key step towards understanding environmental impacts and associated control measures and for the ultimate delivery of the project.
“We understand that this is an issue of importance to our local community so we recognise the particular importance of this significant milestone of releasing the assessment report for public comment,” Mr Fish said.
“I encourage community members who have interest in the project to read the document, which is quite complex and technical in nature, and give their informed input and feedback to assist in informing the project delivery phase.”
To view the draft documents on Council’s website visit www.kempsey.nsw.gov.au/public-exhibition
Submissions close on Thursday, 30 July 2020. Community feedback will then be reviewed and assessed before a final report is presented to Council for consideration to determine the proposed activity in accordance with the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act.