I was pleased to continue to inform the House on progress on the Great Western Highway in the Blue Mountains and took the opportunity to call on Labor to stop playing politics.

i outlined to the Chamber that Blackheath is being treated as a separate strategic study area where Transport for NSW wants to work with the community to co-design route options.

The Design Committee is not a decision-making or regulatory body and that it performs an advisory and consultative role only. The final decision will be made by the State Government, with recommendations from this Committee contributing to the decision-making process.

The Design Committee is a consultative mechanism developed by professionals to take the political heat and game playing out of this process.

I find it disappointing that local Labor is not showing leadership and is instead politicising this upgrade and the co-design committee.

Calling the Design Committee a ‘puppet of Transport NSW’ and a ‘sham’ and a ‘farce’ is a truly disappointing lack of leadership from Labor. 

It is typical Labor. Opposing billion dollar infrastructure projects that will provide not only safety upgrades for the people of the Blue Mountains but also jobs and investment amidst a global pandemic.

I concluded my speech by emphasising the NSW Governments commitment to the Great Western Highway Upgrade.

The Berejiklian government is committed to the Great Western Highway upgrade and will deliver it for the people of the Blue Mountains and Central West. 

To watch my speech please click here.