The Bypass

Have Your Say



A second round of community consultation

In early April this year, Transport for NSW released their Strategic Corridor Workshops Report which summarises the outcomes of several workshops to arrive at 3 short-listed bypass corridors – Purple, Orange and Yellow.

3 short-listed bypass corridors – Purple, Orange and Yellow.

This is a new development. In May last year, Transport for NSW put forward only one preferred corridor – the Orange Corridor - as part of their Moruya Bypass Strategic Corridor Options Report. However, they received lots of criticism from the community about:

  • the consultation process they conducted during March/April 2020 and May 2021,
  • the level of information provided to the community about the selection process for the preferred bypass corridor, and their preferred Orange route.

They are now seeking feedback on the 3 bypass corridor options as part of a second round of community consultation that started in April and will end on 13 June 2022.

How to provide feedback

  1. Map my Comment (https://princeshighway.nsw.gov.au/tfnsw/phu/moruya-bypass) - allows you to comment directly on a map of the 3 short-listed options, but we understand that people have been having technical difficulties trying to access this map and post comments on it.
  2. Corridor feedback form (https://princeshighway.nsw.gov.au/tfnsw/phu/moruya-bypass/corridor-shortlist-survey) – you can provide written feedback on the 3 corridors. This is probably the best way to let Transport for NSW know how you feel about their corridor options.
  3. There are 2 other surveys – a business (https://princeshighway.nsw.gov.au/tfnsw/phu/moruya-bypass/business-survey) and a town centre (https://princeshighway.nsw.gov.au/tfnsw/phu/moruya-bypass/moruya-town-centre-survey) survey. We recommend business owners who feel that they will be impacted by a bypass of the town fill in the business survey. The town centre survey is very basic and it is not clear what useful information it will provide.
  4. Information sessions (https://www.eventbrite.com.au/o/princes-highway-upgrade-program-33644086505) – there are 3 of these and you need to register for them. They will be held on 11 (Traffic and Noise), 12 (Landscape and Biodiversity) and 31 May (Flooding).
  5. Transport for NSW will have stalls at the SAGE markets (12 April, 10 May, 17 May) and the Moruya Country Markets (30 April, 7 May, 27 May) and Corrigan’s Beach Market (5 June).

What to say

It is extremely important that Transport for NSW hear what you have to say.
So please fill in the surveys.

Here are some suggested comments for people who want to support the Purple option.

The Purple option

  • is by far the shortest and least damaging route
  • displaces fewer families and has the least impact on property
  • will cause least harm to the environment and does not affect the market area at Riverside Park
  • will destroy the least amount of productive agricultural land because it follows existing paper roads for part of the route
  • is the cheapest to build, allowing funds to be directed to highway blackspots
  • is better for local businesses because the town will be visible from the bypass
  • goes directly to the new Regional Hospital
  • will generate the least carbon emissions because it requires far less concrete

The Orange option

  • will result in at least 6 kms of raised concrete land bridge being built across the river flats
  • has the greatest impact on property and displaces the most people who will struggle to find housing locally
  • damages the greatest area of productive agricultural land
  • will have no on or off ramps to town, the airport or the new Regional Hospital
  • will be more than 2 kms from town which will not be visible from the bypass so local businesses will suffer from loss of passing trade
  • goes through areas of high bushfire risk
  • crosses the river at its deepest section which was used by planes to collect water to fight bushfires in 2020
  • cuts through large areas of forest and sensitive wetlands
  • rejoins the highway about 3 kms south of the new Regional Hospital which requires emergency vehicles using the bypass to go back towards town via 2 roundabouts


The Yellow option

  • is the longest and most expensive route because it requires extensive cut and fill through difficult terrain as well as a raised concrete land bridge
  • is the most environmentally destructive because it goes through large areas of forested country and floodplain
  • passes through an extensive area of very high bushfire risk
  • damages a large area of productive agricultural land to the south of the river
  • will displace local families and destroy livelihoods
  • is furthest from town which will not be visible from the bypass
  • like the Orange option it will not have on or off ramps to town, the airport or the new Regional Hospital
  • rejoins the highway well south of the new Regional Hospital which requires ambulances using the bypass to double back towards town via 2 roundabouts


If you believe that Moruya does not need a bypass at this time, please let Transport for NSW know. Many people are telling us that there are other priorities for our area right now, including the new Regional Hospital and fixing known blackspots as well as the road surface on the Princes Highway south to the border.
 
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