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Please see below for answers to frequently asked questions about the Department’s role in assessing the Critical State Significant Infrastructure Application for the Coffs Harbour Bypass.


RMS has identified a preferred route for the Bypass which will provide a 14-kilometre bypass of the Coffs Harbour urban area.


The project includes:

  • A new bypass road between Englands Road and Korora and duplication of the existing highway from Korora to Sapphire;
  • Grade separated interchanges at Englands Road, Coramba Road and Korora Hill;
  • Cuttings or tunnels where the project crosses the major ridgelines at Gatelys Road, Shephards Lane and Roberts Hill;
  • Structures to pass over local roads and creeks as well as a bridge over the North Coast Railway;
  • Modifications to the local road network;
  • Operational ancillary works and facilities;
  • Temporary construction ancillary facilities and works to facilitate the construction of the project.

The Department has issued the Secretary’s Environmental Assessment Requirements (SEARs) for the project. The SEARs outline the issues that RMS’s Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) must assess. The SEARs are available on our Major Projects website.


RMS is currently refining the project’s concept design and carrying out the required studies to feed into the EIS, in consultation with the community and stakeholders, councils and relevant government agencies.

When RMS submits the EIS, the Department will publicly exhibit it for a minimum of 28 days and consult with the council, government agencies, other key stakeholders and the community.


During the exhibition period the community is encouraged to provide their feedback via a formal submission. This feedback helps us better understand the opinions and concerns of the community, which informs our assessment of the project.

  • Once the EIS is lodged, the Department will publicly exhibit the EIS.
  • Following exhibition, the Department will publish all submissions received and ask RMS to address any issues raised by the community, council and government agencies.
  • RMS will prepare a Response to Submissions (RtS) report, which should address concerns or issues raised by the community, councils or government agencies during the exhibition period. The Department will publish the RtS on our Major Projects website. The Department may require RMS to prepare a Preferred Infrastructure Report (PIR) if changes to the proposal are made.
  • The Department will independently assess the application based on the EIS, community, council and government agency submissions and the RtS, the PIR if required, and make a recommendation to the Minister for Planning and Public Spaces for determination.

To find out more about the Coffs Harbour Bypass you can: 

  • visit the Roads and Maritime Services’ Coffs Harbour Bypass webpage
  • visit our Major Projects website to view project documents and sign up for project updates on the Coffs Harbour Bypass
  • call 1300 305 695. If English isn’t your first language and you require an interpreter, please call 131 450. Ask for an interpreter in your language and then request to be connected to 1300 305 695.

Page last updated: 03/05/2019