Feedback is being sought for the location of new highway service centres.
Feedback is being sought for the location of new highway service centres. Alasdair Young

Coast servos in spotlight

COMMUNITY feedback is being sought for the location of new highway service centres and upgrades to existing sites along the north coast.

Service centres can help road users alleviate the effects of fatigue, one of the main killers on NSW roads.

Clarence MP Chris Gulaptis said highway service centres were vital to the safety of travellers.

"Centres can include restaurants or cafes, fuel supplies, rest areas and public amenities and are accessible for all vehicles," Mr Gulaptis said.

"The policy on service centres along the Pacific Hwy has been in place since 1998 with existing sites strategically positioned at regular intervals."

Mr Gulaptis said a discussion paper outlining the proposed updates to the policy and details on how to provide feedback is now available online.

"Highway service centres encourage motorists to stop, revive, survive and take breaks when they recognise the warning signs of fatigue," he said.

Clarence Valley residents expressed some of their ideas and concerns on The Daily Examiner's Facebook page this week.

Sue Noddy suggested changes be made to business access in Iolanthe St, South Grafton.

"Rearrange the parking at Hungry Jacks, Subway, Supercheap Auto at Grafton," she wrote.

"That carpark is so narrow and does not service the people who want to go there... It is worse now there are all new shops on the other side, none with sufficient parking. What was Council/RTA thinking of?"

Others suggested a service station be built near Ballina.

"There is a desperate, desperate need for one on the highway near Ballina," Renee Amici wrote.

"No one wants to drive into Ballina now. It's such an ordeal when travelling north. It's a very long haul for fuel and refreshments from Ashby to the next servo north."

Another suggestion was for a servo closer to home, at Harwood.

"Upgrade Harwood Servo to an all-nighter. It's a long way between 24hr rest points," commented Naomi Elliott-Vanagas.

Most service centres are close to bypassed towns to ensure economic benefits can remain with those communities.

The discussion paper outlines the current policy and the proposed changes that reflect the latest available information on the highway design and sites.

A number of further updates are now needed, particularly to the sites at Chinderah, Maclean, Woolgoolga, Nambucca Heads and Port Macquarie.



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