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Construction cancelled on Bodalla pedestrian facility

Transport for NSW has cancelled its intentions to build a controversial pedestrian facility on the Princes Highway at Bodalla following community concerns regarding the location and more specifically, the design of the facility. Transport for NSW, having informed the community of a start date without undertaking any meaningful consultation, were invited to attend a Bodalla meeting at the CWA Hall so that they could hear firsthand what the community and the business thought of the design and to see the dissatisfaction that was held around the consultation and design process. Following a unanimous vote to not proceed with the flawed design Transport for NSW advise they will no longer be going ahead with the planned pedestrian facility on the Princes Highway.

“We would like to thank the community members for attending the recent drop-in session and sharing their thoughts and concerns on the proposed location and design of the pedestrian facility,” the spokesperson said.

“We know this can be a busy thoroughfare, particularly on weekends and during school holidays, and we are committed to improving the safety of the Princes Highway for all transport users.

“Transport for NSW will continue to monitor the safety of the area and explore options with the Eurobodalla Shire Council to improve pedestrian safety and connectivity in Bodalla.” To assist Transport NSW and Council in their "exploration" of options the Bodalla Business Owners will be revisiting the Bodalla Town Plan and Council's Pathway Strategy whilst informing the Council of their overall vision for the township that includes pedestrian safety.

Above: the message was clear to the two Transport NSW representatives "All those not in favour of the design" which was to remove key parking spots on the highway, install an island, divert traffic to within metres of a major pedestrian area and construct a raised concrete path within the road pavement as a kneejerk effort to provide a wider path.