Labor commits to planning for Memorial Drive extension

LABOR will commit $20 million to determine the feasibility of extending Memorial Drive from Bulli if elected to Government on March 25.
The NSW Shadow Roads Minister
John Graham said if Labor is elected it will take action to address growing traffic congestion along the Princes Highway in the northern suburbs.
Mr Graham said Labor will undertake detailed planning and assessment work in the first step to determine how Memorial Drive would be built in the future.
Whilst the road corridor for the road extension has been largely designated, the detailed design and geotechnical assessments haven’t taken place.
Business Illawarra identified the project as a priority in 2019 and the call for the road’s extension is frequently raised by residents and local business owners.
Mr Graham said it is now critical that the first step commence to address traffic congestion in the northern suburbs gets underway.
“Labor has made its priority clear – we will focus on local roads like the Memorial Drive extension rather than Sydney toll roads,” Mr Graham said.

NSW Labor candidate for Heathcote, Maryanne Stuart said the NSW Liberal government has ignored residents and their calls for action over the last 12 years.
“If elected on the 25th March under a Chris Minns Labor government, I will undertake community consultation and advocacy for our electorate to have this process commenced as a matter of urgency,” she said.
“Residents have identified traffic congestion as a big priority for them and acknowledge that our roads need to be made safer and accessible.”
State MP for Keira, Ryan Park said he is delighted after many years of advocacy a significant step has been committed for the project.
“I want to particularly thank John Graham for listening to the concerns both Maryanne and I have raised on behalf of local residents and small business owners and I know they will welcome a commitment to assess this very important local infrastructure project,” he said.


About Mick Roberts

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 Australian pubs and associated industries for over 30 years. He is 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 managed several community newspapers. He has been 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), the Sydney city newspaper, City News, and Torch Publications based in Canterbury Bankstown, NSW.


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