Carters Road, Lake Munmorah desperately needs a traffic solution to cater for the two Primary Schools, two High Schools, an Early Childhood Centre, a growing population and only one way in and out.
The NSW Opposition is now calling on the Roads Minister to work with Central Coast Council to fix Carters Rd.
NSW Shadow Minister for Roads, Maritime and Freight, Ms Jodi McKay, joined the Member for Swansea, Yasmin Catley, for a tour of Carters Rd Education Precinct to better understand the issues faced by motorists and parents who have grown increasingly frustrated with the traffic situation.
In the 2014 Transforming the NSW Central Coast report, the former Wyong Shire Council (WSC) identified Carters Rd as a priority infrastructure project and called on the then candidates at the 2015 state election to support these projects.
Ms Catley said she had written to the NSW Government a number of times calling for a solution to the traffic and safety issues at Carters Rd.
Most recently, she wrote to the new Roads Minister, Ms Melinda Pavey, inviting her to a guided tour of Caters Rd.
Ms Catley, who has previously met with representatives from Council, Schools and Roads and Maritime Services (RMS) and the Department of Education, is calling for swift action to address growing community concerns.
“The Central Coast is experiencing rapid population growth, so it’s imperative that appropriate plans are in place to address issues like traffic congestion and accessibility,” Ms McKay said.
“Two out of the 10 projects that the former Wyong Council identified as priorities involved upgrading Carters Rd.
“What we’ve seen is the chaos of Carters Rd spilling out on the Pacific Hwy, and creating serious safety issues,” she said.
Ms Catley said: “We know from Council’s own figures that they’ve earmarked $197 million for key infrastructure projects this financial year, but Carters Rd isn’t one of them.
“That’s just not good enough,” she said.
“The community is sick and tired of the blame game that is happening between Council and the State Government.
They just want to know their kids can get to school safely.”
Mar 9, 2017
Matt Murray, office of Yasmin Catley