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MP wants answers over Pass closure

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Bulli Pass

THE Minister for Roads Duncan Gay has remained silent on the closure of Bulli Pass while concerns mount over the impact it will have on the day to day lives of northern suburbs motorists.

State MP for  Keira, Ryan Park has submitted a request under freedom of information surrounding Bulli Pass closure.

 The NSW Government through RMS announced that they would close Bulli Pass for the duration of two months to install 1.1 kilometres of fencing.  This closure would happen again for an additional two months in 2017.

 Mr Park has voiced his concerns to Mr Gay and on the floor of Parliament about the complete closure of Bulli Pass. Mr Park has said he is concerned that the permanent closure is more to do with cost convenience to the Government and RMS, and with little consideration being given to the impact it will have on commuters. He’s called on the Government to explain why the road cannot be partially closed for morning and afternoon peak times and is still waiting on a response from the Minister.

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State MP for Keira, Ryan Park

“Over 10,000 commuters depend on Bulli Pass daily to commute to Sydney and beyond for work. What these thousands of commuters want to be assured is that all possible alternatives have been fully explored. We still do not have those assurances from the Minister,” he said.

 “RMS has even taken the extraordinary step to direct heavy vehicles on to Lawrence Hargrave Drive. This is madness. It is a narrow and winding road with one lane in either direction. What this road doesn’t need is the potential for hundreds of heavy vehicles to be driving up and down it for two months.”

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 Limted), Sydney based, City News, and is now with Torch Publications.

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