No Drive To Complete Truck Stop Upgrade

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Sharon Bird and Ryan Park today called on the State Government to get moving with the construction of the upgrade to the truck stop at the top of Mt Ousley.

On 1 March 2013, the State and Federal Government announced the provision of $8.1 million for better roadside facilities at the existing truck stop at Mt Ousley Road, Mt Keira (northbound).

The project will increase the capacity from four to between 10 and 15 B double bays and see the addition of toilets, shade/shelter and rubbish bins.

“I wrote to Minister Truss in November 2014 requesting a progress report and a date of completion for the project.  The Minister advised that the New South Wales Government was still undertaking planning work and did not have a date for the commencement of construction, let alone the completion of the project,” Sharon Bird said.

“Late last year the then Minister for Transport advised in response to a Question on Notice that construction was expected to commence in the first half of 2015 and the construction was scheduled to take between nine and twelve months,” Ryan Park said.

“Here we are at the end of the first half of 2015 – more than two years after the original announcement – and we are still waiting for construction to commence,” Sharon Bird said.

On 16 June 2015, Ms Bird and Mr Park wrote to Minister Gay regarding the lack of progress of the Mt Ousley Road Rest Area Project and emphasising the need for the project to proceed given the volume of heavy vehicle and tourists who use this important interstate route.

“This is a critical infrastructure project for the Illawarra – Minister Gay needs to make this a priority and advise the community when this project will commence,” Ryan Park said.

29 June 2015

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