Member for The Entrance, David Mehan, has welcomed the long awaited switching on of three sets of traffic lights on the newly widened Stage 3A section of the Pacific Hwy at Ourimbah.
Stage 3A is the upgrading of Glen Rd to Ourimbah St, with Stage3B being from Ourimbah St to Lisarow Shopping Centre. According to Mehan, in 2015, NSW Labor committed $100m towards this project, however, the NSW Liberal Government stripped $30m without explanation. Mehan said he was confident that if the $30m had not been removed, a faster and better outcome would have been achieved for the community. “It certainly would not have taken eight years to complete only half of this project,” he said.
“Under the previous Labor Government, Stage 1 and 2 of the upgrade was completed in four years. “I encourage the state government to proceed without delay in works needed to complete Stage 3, and take the upgrade through to Lisarow Shopping Centre. “I suspect that the cut to the budget allocated to this project is behind many of the disputes between RMS and local residents. “I encourage the state government to take a fresh look at the reasonable claims of the community, particularly those at Lisarow and Teralba St, and settle their claims. “When Labor began this upgrade, the community welcomed it with open arms. “The community is now angry and concerned about the increase in delays and what it will mean for them.”
Source: Media release, Sep 14 Catherine Wall, Office of David Mehan