Coffs Harbour Bypass to deliver major benefits

Local indigenous suppliers around Coffs Harbour have the opportunity to be involved in a major transport corridor upgrade.

The $1.8bn Coffs Harbour bypass is in pre-tender phase and ICN NSW has worked with the Local Aboriginal Land Council to help indigenous-owned businesses understand what work packages might be available, and how to create eye-catching capability statements in line with any opportunities.

The project includes upgrading about 14 kilometres of the Pacific Highway at Coffs Harbour. It will deliver four lanes of divided highway, by passing the Coffs Harbour Central Business District.

When finished, the bypass will form part of the Pacific Highway and the national land transport network.

The Australian Government has committed to fund 80% of the $1.8 billion Coffs Harbour Bypass project, up to $1.46 billion. The NSW Government is funding the reset of the project.

The main benefits of the project include:

  • savings in travel time for local and through traffic
  • improve safety on the existing highway through Coffs Harbour
  • freight efficiency
  • better accessibility to the Coffs Harbour CBD
  • a more reliable national transport route.

ICN Consultant Dusko Bajic attended meetings of the Coffs Harbour Bypass Business Consortium Meeting at the Coffs Harbour and District Aboriginal Land Council. He also held a workshop late last year, with participants able to develop high-quality capability statements for their business.