A southern bypass of Bangalow would cut across crucial agricultural land and the flood plain of Byron Creek, linking the Pacific Highway with Bangalow Road.
A southern bypass of Bangalow would cut across crucial agricultural land and the flood plain of Byron Creek, linking the Pacific Highway with Bangalow Road.

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BANGALOW'S Chamber of Commerce has weighed into the debate over a proposed southern bypass of Bangalow, labelling the idea 'a waste of time and effort on the part of everyone involved.'

The Chamber's president Michael Malloy said Bangalow simply did not need a bypass.

He acknowledged that residents of Granuaille Rd were faced with traffic and noise problems, but said they had bought there with full knowledge of the situation.

And concerns about heavy traffic and accidents on Bangalow Road could be addressed more simply and cheaply.

“The answer is to put a speed and weight limit on Bangalow Road,” Mr Malloy said.

The RTA's southern bypass proposal, which would link the Pacific Highway just south of Bangalow with Bangalow Road near the industrial estate, has been heavily criticised by residents' group Bangalow 2020.

The group says it would increase the risk of flooding and raise the noise levels for some residents.

It would also cut through farming land currently used for stone fruit, which is of particular concern to Mr Malloy.

“In years to come this region will be feeding most of Australia,” he said.

“The bypass will lead to large-scale destruction of prime agricultural land.”

Mr Malloy said if any bypass were to be built, it would be better placed on the northern side of the town.

He denied the Chamber of Commerce's stance was based on fear of losing business.

“It's got nothing to with business, it's to do with logic and costs.”

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