In June 2018 not one but two big picture signs went up on the Pacific Highway telling the world they were approaching Macskville from the north or the south.
It was the first step in what is known as the Bypassed Towns signage program.
Needless to say, other towns that were bypassed, such as Kempsey, Nambucca Heads and Urunga, were not impressed.
Fast forward to February this year and our local member and the former Minister for Roads, Maritime and Freight, Melinda Pavey, announced funding to roll-out Phase One of the Bypassed Towns signage program.
Following this announcement, Transport for NSW (TfNSW)sent letters to local councils eligible for signage, confirming the announcement, explaining the process and identifying contact details.
The latest news is that Kempsey, Urunga, Bulahdelah, Ballina and Woolgoolga have been prioritised based on previous commitments under the Location Marker program.
All imagery has been agreed upon with councils and photography is either under way or completed.
Geo-technical investigations have been completed and will inform the footing design of the signs. Once footing design is complete, the signs will be manufactured and delivered for installation.
TfNSW expects all signs will be installed by the end of the year with public announcements at each location to occur.
However Nambucca Heads, Tweed Heads, Murwillumbah and Port Macquarie are not off the ground yet, although initial engagement has taken place.
Community consultation will now take place regarding agreed-upon imagery.
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