On Wednesday, November 24, Transport for NSW released full details of the environmental factors review process undertaken for the proposed duplication of the Great Western Highway from Little Hartley to Lithgow.
As of Wednesday, November 24, Transport for NSW (TfNSW) released the results of its Environmental Factors Review (REF), with the aim of soliciting public comment on the document.
âThis is an extremely important project for our region,â said Lithgow City Council Mayor Councilor Ray Thompson. âThis is a project of federal significance, listed as a national priority by Infrastructure Australia, promoting improved national connectivity with respect to freight, tourism, safety and network efficiency. There is no doubt that this project reflects the next step towards a wide transport solution that meets the needs of our future for safety, capacity, efficiency and reliability.
âHowever, it is our LGA and the residents most affected by this part of the project and for this reason it is very important that we carefully review the document and provide comments where appropriate. We have a magnificent and unique region, filled with built and natural riches which are representative of our history and our values. Not only should this project seek to protect them, but we should instead advocate for a solution that accentuates these distinguishing factors. “
“Gone are the days when roads are just roads,” said Mayor Thompson. âToday, roads represent active transportation opportunities supporting healthy communities, a method of drawing attention to heritage and environmental wonders, highlighting the uniqueness of the place and supporting the growth of rural communities through opportunities. employment. Alongside the Council, I strongly encourage our community to consider this document and comment on whether it meets our individual and collective needs.
Lithgow City Council will support TfNSW in circulating this document by housing copies of the document in its administration building at 180 Mort Street, Lithgow, and at the Lithgow Library at 157 Main Street, Lithgow. Alternatively, a virtual consultation room can be accessed at nswroads.work/gwhwestconsult and the REF downloaded from https://caportal.com.au/tfnsw/great-western-highway/west/download-ref. The public exhibition period ends on December 22, 2021.