Funding vow elusive

11-07-2018 by admin

Notorious: Trucks travelling along the notorious Appin Road which stretches from Rosemeadow (to the north) and Bulli Tops (to the south). Picture: Anna WarrThepeople have spoken –well about 7000 of them.
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Now they want their local federal members and candidates to take notice.

A petition calling for the urgent upgrade of Appin Road, initiated by Appin residents John and Sue Gay –separate to the one initiated by Campbelltown MP Greg Warren –was createdin late March.

Last week the petition had gathered almost 7000 signatures.

”It was message from the community that the government has to do something,” Mr Gay said.

In April, federal opposition leader Bill Shorten told theAdvertiserhe wanted to fix the “death trap”.

Though Mr Shorten stopped short of making any funding promises towards to road’s upgrade.

TheAdvertiserasked all Labor and Liberal candidates from thethree electoratesthe road runs through (Macarthur, Hume and Cunningham) if they would guarantee funding before the electionto significantly upgrade the road.

Macarthur MP Russell Matheson and Liberal colleague Angus Taylor (Hume) said they were “fighting for funding”.

“I am well aware of the enormous community concern about Appin Road,” Mr Mathesonsaid.

“This is a priority for me.”

Mr Taylor said the rate of accidents was “very concerning”.

“I am joining my Liberal colleague Russell Matheson in campaigning as strongly as possible for federal funding to help fix this road,” he said.

Labor candidates Aiofe Champion (Hume) and Michael Freelander (Macarthur), werehopeful of making a funding announcement shortly.

“Two deaths this year, 40 deaths all up, and countless non-fatal injuries make it a single carriagewayon which our regionhas been forced to play roulette,” Ms Championsaid.

Dr Freelander added: “The upgrade on Picton Road made it safer, we need to do the same to Appin Road.”

Cunningham MP Sharon Bird (Labor), whose electorate includes the southern end of the road, said she would “support improvements” on Appin Road.

No Liberal candidate for Cunningham has been named yet.

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