Third crossing of the Hawkesbury River

At its meeting of 26 June 2018, Hawkesbury City Council resolved to commend the NSW State Government for its 2018/2019 NSW Budget allocation of $7 million to commence the business case for a new bridge across the Hawkesbury River.

In response to the State Government’s announcement for a third river crossing, Council is now calling on the Government for a detailed timeline and a commitment to genuine and transparent consultation as part of the planning process, the Mayor of Hawkesbury, Councillor Mary Lyons-Buckett said.

“Hawkesbury City Council is fully aware of the distress and emotional toll that the recent corridor proposals had on landowners due to the flawed roll out and the lack of consultation. Council wants to ensure that there is greater clarity and transparency for the community regarding a recently announced business case in relation to a third river crossing,” the Mayor said.

“On behalf of Council, I would also like to congratulate the community for their decade-long fight for increased capacity and access over the Hawkesbury River, despite the lack of support from previous Councils and State Governments.”

The Council resolution also noted that in a media statement by the Hon. Dominic Perrottet, NSW Treasurer and State Member for Hawkesbury on 19 June 2018, Mr Perrottet stated that this $7 million is part of a three year funding package of $25 million to investigate a new river crossing between Richmond and North Richmond.

Council has written to Mr Perrottet seeking clarification regarding this allocation, the Mayor explained.

“Council is asking for further information on the intent of the crossing in regard to how it will work in conjunction with Windsor Bridge, Bells Line of Road, the original 1951 Castlereagh Corridor and the proposed Grose River Bridge,” Councillor Lyons-Buckett said.

“It appears the $7 million will be directed towards developing a business case for a bridge across the Hawkesbury River at North Richmond.

“Council wants to clarify the scope of the proposed third river crossing, and the likely community benefit to be achieved from the project,” she said.

“There is also a lack of clarity as to how this proposal relates to the ‘Richmond Bridge and Approaches Congestion Study – Long-term Options Report’, and related reports*, prepared for the Federal Government and the NSW Government’s Roads and Maritime Services in September 2012.”

The State Government already has a number of initiatives underway including the replacement of Windsor Bridge, the Bells Line of Road Corridor, the original 1951 Castlereagh Corridor and the proposed Grose River Bridge. The now proposed business case has created further confusion for the community as to the relationship between the various proposals. The State Government needs to explain the relationship between them – how they will all work together, rather than maintain the current uncoordinated approach to transport in the Hawkesbury.

*RMS Reports

The reports from the Richmond Bridge and approaches congestion study, prepared for the Federal Government and the NSW Government’s Roads and Maritime Services, are available via this Sharefile link, https://hawkesbury.sharefile.com/d-scdc4a8f80d243afa which will be available for the next 90 days.

They are also available on the Roads and Maritime Services project website

www.rta.nsw.gov.au/roadprojects/projects/sydney_region/outer_west_blue_mtns/richmond_bridge/project_documents

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