RMS grants extra time

THE Clarence community has won more time to prepare comments on a second Grafton bridge.

Roads and Maritime Services has agreed to give groups making presentations in support of their preferred options at tonight's community forum more time, as well as another forum on October 9.

An RMS spokeswoman said after a briefing session on Friday with groups preparing presentations for the forum, it agreed to:

 Alter tonight's community forum so more time is allocated for the project team to clearly outline the results of the investigations

 Hold a second community forum on the evening of Tuesday, October 9 to give community representatives, including the Concerned Citizens Group, an opportunity to prepare for their presentation and for further community comment

 Extend the closing date for submissions to Friday, October 12.

A member of the Grafton Concerned Citizens Group, Bob Cairns, said RMS had been reluctant to give the community more time.

"The RMS has reluctantly succumbed to pressure in relation to the short timeframe and huge volume of documents to read and comprehend," he said.

Mr Cairns said it was important for the community to come up with right option, even though the second bridge may not be built for some time.

"It so important now - there may not be money to build a bridge but the preferred option will be determined and show on council's planning instruments," he said.

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