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Opposition grows to planned clearways and parking restrictions through Bulli and Thirroul

WITH opposition growing to planned clearways and parking restrictions through Bulli and Thirroul, the consultation period on the much-lambasted traffic management plans have been extended.

Transport for NSW have extended the consultation for three weeks, until Friday July 30. For details on the parking restrictions, see the Bulli & Clifton Times’ story: Extended clearways and traffic changes planned to relieve Bulli and Thirroul congestion.

A Transport for NSW spokesperson said it has received strong feedback on the proposals, which were due to close on Friday, July 9.

“We have made the decision to extend the consultation to ensure all members of the community get the chance to have their say on this important project which will ease congestion in both areas,” the spokesperson said.

“The options, which were released for consultation earlier this month, aim to improve traffic efficiency and reliability of the Princes Highway at Bulli and Lawrence Hargrave Drive at Thirroul.”

Many residents in the Bulli and Thirroul community though have slammed the plans, saying the parking restrictions will kill business and send many shops, already struggling, to the wall.

Businesses, particularly those in Bulli, are calling for the speedy completion of Memorial Drive to Thirroul to ease congestion through the shopping centre.

Meanwhile, a planned protest by community group, Save Thirroul Village this Saturday has been postponed due to the evolving COVID situation.

The group planned a ‘sit-in’ on parking spaces planned to be removed by Transport for NSW in Thirroul.

“Unfortunately, we won’t be able to welcome members of the public to join us in occupying some of the spaces on Lawrence Hargrave Drive that Transport for NSW are proposing to remove,” a spokesperson for the group said.

“Our group will still be there with banners and a petition which we encourage anyone passing by to sign. We’ll also have our t-shirts for sale and a box for donations. If you’re not on foot, feel free to give us a friendly toot if you’re passing by in your car.

“We’ll look for another opportunity down the track to reschedule our party protest.”

Transport for NSW will hold two live Q and A sessions online to give the community and businesses an opportunity to ask the project team questions about the proposals. The sessions will be held on Wednesday July 14 at 6.30pm and Thursday July 15 at 10am.

“These sessions have been arranged because face to face sessions are not possible due to current COVID-19 restrictions,” the Transport for NSW spokesperson said.

Information on the sessions is available at nswroads.work/bullithirroul and there is no need to register attendance in advance.

The community can visit the project’s digital engagement room to give feedback about the proposals by going to nswroads.work/bullithirroulroom 


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A journalist, writer and 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 Australia 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 writing a number of history books, Mick has owned and managed 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 Torch Publications based in Canterbury Bankstown, NSW. He currently calls the inner-Sydney suburb of Surry Hills home.

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