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Parking woes continue for Bulli

By MICK ROBERTS.

On street parking could be a thing of the past on the Princes Highway if RMS slap increased clearway conditions in Bulli shopping centre.

BULLI retailers remain uncertain over the future of parking in their shopping centre.

State Liberal MP for Heathcote Lee Evans has corresponded with “a number of constituents concerned about the Bulli clearway operation hours”, a spokesperson from his office has told The Bulli Times.

“The Roads and Maritime Services (RMS) has advised that no extension of the clearway has been proposed and that only investigation has taken place, the spokesperson said.

However, the RMS has confirmed that they would not consider a 24/7 clearway, and were investigating imposing a morning and afternoon clearway in both directions, rather than the current arrangement with a morning clearway in one direction and an afternoon clearway in the other.

“Mr Evans has been assured that if any extension of the clearway is proposed there will be a thorough process of community consultation,” the spokesperson said.

“Mr Evans has already informed the RMS about the level of concern in the community and will continue to relay these concerns.”

Bulli shopping centre will become a virtual ghost town if additional clearway restrictions are introduced on the Princes Highway, State Labor MP for Keira Ryan Park.

Mr Park said such a move will mean less parking for locals and make it nearly impossible for businesses to survive,

State MP for Heathcote Lee Evans

Bulli Chemist owner Saul Duffy has told The Bulli Times the recent closure of the Bulli post office and newsagent, as well as the butcher shop, has meant businesses in the heritage listed shopping centre are already struggling. He said restricting parking further would put the final nail in the coffin for Bulli.

Clearway conditions are already in place between 6.30am to 9.30am in the southbound lane through Bulli shopping centre, and between 3pm and 6pm in the northbound lane.

A RMS spokesperson said it is investigating ways to improve traffic flow on the Princes Highway through Bulli, especially during the morning and afternoon peaks.

“RMS is considering extending the clearways to help manage future traffic growth but no decision has yet been made. The community will be consulted about the proposal before any changes are made.”

Over 2,000 signatures have been collected calling for no further clearway conditions through Bulli.

About Mick Roberts

A newspaper journalist, writer and local historian, Mick Roberts specialises in Australian cultural history, particularly associated with the Australian hotel and liquor industry. Mick has had an interest in revealing the colourful story of pubs, inns and associated industries in the Sydney and Illawarra regions of NSW for over 30 years. He is currently working on a comprehensive history of the hotel and liquor industry in the Illawarra region of NSW. Besides authoring a number of history books, Mick has owned and operated several community newspapers. He was one time editor of the Wollongong Northern News, The Bulli Times, The Northern Times, The Northern Leader and The Local - all located in the Wollongong region. As a journalist he has worked for Rural Press, Cumberland (News Limited), Sydney based, City News, and is now with Torch Publications based in Canterbury Bankstown, NSW.

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