Bypass support withdrawn
TWEED Shire councillors voted unanimously to withdraw council support for the C4 option of the Tugun bypass after a Queensland government decision to scrap a vital interchange at Boyd Street. The move has put an interstate agreement for the $360-million road to go ahead in jeopardy.
Councillors on Wednesday backed a staff recommendation to send an ultimatum to the Queensland Department of Main Roads (DMR) warning they would fight the so-called C4 route unless the Boyd Street interchange was reinstated.
The interchange, just north of the Gold Coast Airport, according to council staff is essential for traffic movement around Tweed Heads and Tugun and part of their long-term planning.
Council planning chief Noel Hodges said the interchange, which would connect Tugun with massive future housing developments at Cobaki Lakes and Bilambil Heights, had been taken off the bypass plans, now on on public display, as part of the Environmental Impact Study (EIS) process. Council says it will reconsider its opposition to the C4 route if the DMR includes the interchange in a supplement to the EIS.
A meeting is also to be held with Gold Coast City Council to lobby for inclusion of the interchange, and the NSW government will be asked to help secure the interchange in the project.
Cr John Murray said the C4 route was a bypass for Tugun, but not for Tweed Heads or Banora Point and not the solution to increasing traffic problems in the area.
"The C4 is not a solution for the Tweed, I don't like it ... both state gov- ernments are avoiding the reality of what a true bypass is - a western bypass," Cr Murray said.
Cr Max Boyd urged people to attend a public forum tomorrow at the South Tweed Heads Community Centre in Heffron Street from 2pm-5pm to hear more about the impacts of the route.
Cr Boyd said Aboriginal middens, some used as burial grounds, had been identified in the area of the proposed route and people would "shudder at the thought" of anyone suggesting a road be built through a cemetery.