BP on the Pacific Hwy in Chinderah. Photo: John Gass / Daily News
BP on the Pacific Hwy in Chinderah. Photo: John Gass / Daily News John Gass

Public input sought on 24-hour highway service centres

THE State Government is seeking public input on the location of new Pacific Highway 24-hour service centres on the North Coast, including at Chinderah and Ballina.

With the upgraded Pacific Highway now bypassing many population centres, the government's policy is for new or upgraded service centres to help alleviate the effects of fatigue, one of the main killers on the road.

One service centre built outside of towns is at Chinderah on the eastern side of the highway.

Planning is also advanced for development of centres at Ballina on the eastern side of the highway and at Kempsey on both sides.

Also proposed is a northbound highway service centre at Chinderah on the western side of the highway at the interchange with Tweed Valley Way instead of in the urban area, according to a discussion paper issued by the Roads & Maritime Service.

Caltex's plan for a second service centre at Chinderah next to Melaleuca Station is under consideration by Tweed Shire Council.

Deputy NSW Premier Andrew Stone said most service centres were close to bypassed towns to ensure economic benefits remained with those communities.

The community is able to make comment on the Highway Service Centres Policy Review until June 20.

To comment, email Pacific.Highway@rms.nsw.gov.au, write to the Pacific Highway Office, 21 Prince Street, Grafton, NSW, 2460, or phone 1800 653 092 (toll free).