Shadow Minister Calls for Funding

14 June 2018

Shadow Minister for Roads, Maritime and Freight, Jodi McKay and Member for Charlestown, Jodie Harrison today met with residents of Hillsborough in yet another attempt to force the Government into providing funds in next Tuesdays Budget for the road upgrades recommended in the Lake Macquarie Transport Study.

Members of the Hillsborough community held a meeting on June 2 to again discuss accessibility to their suburb. Of greatest concern to residents are the entrances to Hillsborough via Chadwick St and Higham Rd.

The community called on the Roads Minister to release the Lake Macquarie Traffic Study and fund traffic lights at the Chadwick St and Hillsborough Rd intersection.

Ms McKay applauded the efforts of local residents in their ongoing campaign to have access and safety issues associated with the heavily congested Hillsborough Road fixed by the Government.

Ms Harrison obtained a copy of the draft Lake Macquarie Transport Study under the Government Information Public Access (GIPA) Act.

Ms McKay said it was now time for the Government to come to the party and commit serious dollars to pay for the works recommended in the transport study.

Quotes attributable to Shadow Minister for Transport Jodi McKay

The residents of Charlestown know that when it comes to NSW roads, the Berejiklian Government will spend billions on WestConnex in Sydney but leave areas like the Hunter waiting years in the dark.

The Government has an opportunity to restore some faith in the community, and end years of grief and frustration, by finally committing to the recommendations of the study.

Quotes attributable to Member for Charlestown Jodie Harrison

I was pleased to be able to tell the people of Hillsborough at their community meeting that the intersection of Hillsborough Rd and Chadwick St was a short term priority to be upgraded to a signalised intersection.

The other short term priority is to upgrade the Hillsborough and Macquarie Rd roundabout to traffic signals.

After four years demanding that the Government fix Hillsborough Rd, we finally have some solutions.