Next stage of Heavy Vehicle Bypass proposal to Council

An updated Review of Environmental Factors (REF) for Cowra's proposed Heavy Vehicle Bypass

has followed the six-week public exhibition period for the project.

Cowra Council's General Committee recently recommended adoption of the amended REF which incorporated a total of 14 submissions received from residents and public authorities.

The REF will now go to the Ordinary Council Meeting on Monday, December 19, Cowra Mayor, Councillor Bill West confirmed.

"This REF is part of Council's long-term plan for this vital infrastructure project going forward," Cr West said.

"The next stage of the project will involve more detailed plans which will consider all of the logistical, environmental, and practical issues identified in the REF, including those raised by residents."

First step in this process will involve Council's Environmental Services section preparing a report on how to "preserve" the route for the proposed Cowra Heavy Vehicle Bypass from further development.

The next stage — after the REF is finalised — is to proceed to detailed design of the proposed bypass that will incorporate the recommendations of the REF.

Discussions will be held on the possibility of staging and funding opportunities with a workshop suggested for February 20 next year to progress the project.

"Council will consider next year the next steps to take in this long-term project aimed at addressing the significant increases in freight traffic anticipated over the next 20¬–30 years," Cr West said.

"Our aim is to get this vital project to a shovel-ready stage at which time we can approach funding bodies as soon as possible; and, importantly, gain some certainty around the corridor," Cr West concluded.