Mayor Cr Judith Hannan advocating that Wollondilly not be forgotten
Posted on: 12.10.2016
Mayor Judith Hannan recently assumed the role of Mayor has immediately begun work on improving Wollondilly’s infrastructure and public transport. Mayor Hannan has responded to the Western Sydney Airport Environmental Impact Statement (EIS), released by Hon Paul Fletcher MP, Minister for Urban Infrastructure, by advocating for a new road from Silverdale to Wallacia, upgrades to Blaxland Crossing Bridge, and for the North-South rail link to be established.
The Western Sydney Airport’s $3.6 billion Western Sydney Infrastructure Plan proposes new road upgrades and transport linkages to relieve pressure on existing infrastructure, but the focus of these upgrades is on linkages to the north, east and south. Mayor Hannan refers specifically to the programme’s $200 million package for local road upgrades proposed to be delivered across five rounds over ten years.
“Wollondilly will be expected to house employees of the airport and the neighbouring industrial sites, but we won't have the roads or the public transport options to accommodate the commuter traffic. So this $200 million package is an opportunity for us to apply for funding to duplicate Silverdale Road by building a new road from Silverdale to Wallacia. This will reduce the traffic on Silverdale Road and improve access to and from the northern towns of Wollondilly” says Mayor Hannan.
Council will also be advocating for the North South Rail Link (Macarthur-Western Sydney Airport-St Marys-Schofields) to be implemented, one of 6 options detailed in the Western Sydney Rail Needs Study. With 58.5% (ABS 2011 Census data) of Wollondilly residents working outside of the Shire it is a priority of Council to continue to advocate for public transport options that will connect homes to jobs.
“The North South Rail Link has the potential to alleviate the travel time of Wollondilly residents who commute to the Sydney CBD or other parts of Western Sydney for work. Residents will spend less time travelling to work and more time doing the things they love, thus improving their quality of life.”, Luke Johnson General Manager.
For more information on this press release please contact Council’s Communications team, or to review Council’s other news items visit the news section of Council’s website www.wollondilly.nsw.gov.au.