Ballina's long-awaited highway service centre to open 2018
THE long-awaited service centre on the Pacific Highway at Ballina, when it is eventually built, will be run by BP, Roads and Maritime Services has announced.
The department has today announced its preferred business partners for the Ballina service centre and a service centre planned for Nambucca, with the oil giant selected for the Ballina centre, which is expected to be built at the Teven interchange, and RP Petroleum selected for Nambucca.
The Ballina service centre is expected to be open by late 2018, with Nambucca to open in 2017.
"More highway service centres are needed to improve road safety and give travellers an opportunity to stop and take a rest as the Pacific Highway upgrade bypasses towns," a Roads and Maritime spokesperson was quoted saying in a statement.
"Innovative proposals were received from private industry to develop Roads and Maritime Services owned land at Ballina and Nambucca Heads sites.
"BP is the preferred partner to deliver the Ballina highway service centre at the Teven interchange at the southern end of the Ballina Bypass.
"RP Petroleum is the preferred partner to deliver the Nambucca Heads highway service centre at the North Nambucca Heads interchange, which is being built as part of the Nambucca Heads to Urunga upgrade.
"Highway service centres offer facilities including parking for all vehicle types, food, beverages and a place to rest.
"Employment opportunities for up to 200 people can be created by a highway service centre from building through to operation.
"The highway service centres are also an opportunity to promote local services and facilities to travellers and encourage motorists to visit bypassed towns.
"The next steps will be to finalise negotiations and enter into agreements with Roads and Maritime and then for the businesses to submit development applications in line with local planning rules."