Main Road 92 vision set to move ‘Beyond Nerriga’
November 14, 2011
Representatives from five South Coast and Tablelands local government areas recently met with Minister for Roads, Duncan Gay for productive discussions on the development of Main Road 92 west beyond Nerriga to connect to the Hume Highway.
Mayors and senior staff from Goulburn-Mulwarree, Palerang, Yass Valley, Upper Lachlan and Shoalhaven Councils presented Mr Gay with their collaborative case for a route determination and technical planning phase.
The next phase of work will define the future strategies to complete this significant regional freight, tourist and local transport route from Nowra to the Hume Highway.
Shoalhaven City Council Mayor, Paul Green said that the joint approach by the five regional councils was very well received by the Minister saying the group had put forward a compelling case.
“The five local Councils are looking forward to a positive announcement from the Minister and to getting on with the work to position the ‘Beyond Nerriga’ vision ready for serious consideration for National and State infrastructure funding,” said Clr Green.
“This important preparatory work will identify route options and project delivery phasing.”
“National or State funding would allow for the provision of an important, safe and efficient regional transport facility while also helping to strengthen our regional economy.”
“Overall the meeting was very successful and I know the entire group appreciated the support of our local MPs, Shelley Hancock and Gareth Ward in seeking commitments from the Government.”
Shoalhaven City Council Economic Development Manager, Greg Pullen also attended the meeting saying all five Councils had been strong supporters of the escarpment crossing based on Main Road 92.
“As members of the South East Australia Transport Strategy (SEATS) organisation, this project has been a priority objective and will continue to be so until completed,” said Mr Pullen.
“Combined advocacy across regions is paramount with projects of this scale, which Minister Gay applauded."
“This extension of the project based on the $95m upgrading of Main Road 92 between Nowra and Nerriga has been around for many years.”
“To decide now where the link should go to maximise the benefit to the freight requirements of the region, the through traffic tasks and the benefits to local industry and communities was the basis of discussions with the Minister.”
All five Mayors remain hopeful that the Minister will be in a position to bring forward a positive response in the coming weeks.