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The Australian and NSW governments are funding the Coffs Harbour Bypass. The Bypass is part of the Pacific Highway Upgrade project being delivered by Roads and Maritime Services (RMS).


RMS has been investigating a bypass of Coffs Harbour since 2001 and has identified a preferred route which will provide a 14-kilometre bypass of the Coffs Harbour urban area, from Englands Road in the south to Sapphire in the north.


The Bypass is identified as State Significant Infrastructure (SSI) under the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act 1979. For further information on the SSI assessment process please visit our Major Projects website.


In June 2016, the Department issued RMS with the Secretary’s Environmental Assessment Requirements (SEARs) for the project. The SEARs were updated in October 2017 to include the Commonwealth Government’s biodiversity assessment requirements. The SEARs are to be addressed by RMS in the preparation of an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for the Coffs Harbour Bypass.


In September 2018, RMS publicly released its preferred concept design for the Bypass. The preferred concept design included cuttings or land bridges at Gatelys Road, Roberts Hill and Shephards Lane, and changes to the design of the Korora Hill and Englands Road interchanges and the width of the central median. RMS is reviewing community feedback received on the preferred concept design, which will inform the preparation of the EIS for the Bypass.


When the Department receives the EIS, we will place it on public exhibition and seek feedback from the community, government agencies and other stakeholders. The scoping report, SEARs and other project documents received by the Department to date are available on our Major Projects website.


View project documents


Community Consultative Committee

A Community Consultative Committee (CCC) has been established by RMS for the Coffs Harbour Bypass. The purpose of the CCC is to provide a forum for discussion between RMS (as the proponent of the Coffs Harbour Bypass project) and representatives of the Coffs Harbour community, stakeholder groups and the local council on issues directly relating to the project.


The Department has appointed Dr Colin Gellatly (AO) as the independent chair of the Coffs Harbour Bypass CCC.


Information on the Coffs Harbour Bypass CCC, can be found on the RMS Coffs Harbour Bypass webpage.


Artist impression of Coffs Harbour Bypass proposed Coramba Road interchange. Image source: Roads and Maritime Services.

Artist impression of proposed Coramba Road interchange. Image source: Roads and Maritime Services.

Page last updated: 21/05/2019