RTA agenda revealed



THE NSW Roads and Traffic Authority has outlined its reason for calling an additional meeting with community groups concerned with the proposed Pacific Highway upgrade between Wells Crossing and Iluka Road.

In a media release yesterday, the RTA said the combined Community Liaison Group meeting on Thursday, June 23, would explain what will happen after the route options have been put on display for public comment.

An RTA spokesperson said a value management workshop would be held some weeks after the route options display.

The workshop would discuss the options and assess community submissions and feedback from the staffed displays.

The RTA decided to hold this additional meeting to explain the value management workshop to the CLG members and to seek nominations for representatives to attend the workshop, the spokesperson said.

The value management workshop will be held over two days and will be attended by government agencies.

They include the Department of Environment and Conserva- tion, the Department of Infrastructure, Planning and Natural Resources, the Department of Primary Industries, local councils, the project team and CLG representatives.

The spokesperson said those at the workshop will assess which options provide the best balance in regard to impacts on the environment, the community, land use, traffic and engineering constraints, while achieving a high-standard bypass that would provide the best value for money.

The RTA says workshop recommendations will not determine the preferred route, but would be considered along with other submissions and reports when a preferred route is selected.

nMr David Pinnells was incorrectly quoted as a spokesman for the Tucabia Community Liaison Group in Wednesday's front page article, 'A highway twist'. He was, in fact, making comments as an individual. An Examiner sub-heading also may have given readers the wrong impression that the RTA had reopened the book on upgrade options. Hopefully, today's follow-up article clarifies any confusion over Thursday's meet- ing. ?Editor.

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