Plea for new link to avoid gridlocked Narellan Road

Alternative urgently needed: For years Campbelltown and Camden residents have been stuck on gridlocked Narellan Road during peak hour. And it's getting worse. Picture: Anna Warr
Alternative urgently needed: For years Campbelltown and Camden residents have been stuck on gridlocked Narellan Road during peak hour. And it's getting worse. Picture: Anna Warr

MACARTHUR'S three councils will officially beg Premier Barry O'Farrell to deliver — as fast as possible — another major road between Campbelltown and Camden.

The Macarthur Regional Organisation of Councils (MACROC) — representing Campbelltown, Camden and Wollondilly — has agreed to write to the state government to urge it to fast-track delivery of a new road connecting Spring Farm and Menangle Park, south of Mount Annan Botanic Garden.

Campbelltown councillor Paul Lake, who moved the motion at this month's council group meeting, said the area desperately needed another major road between Campbelltown and the Narellan growth centre.

"We can't wait 20 years, and we can't just put Band-Aid solutions, we've got to do positive stuff," Cr Lake told the Advertiser.

"We're just going to have to bite the bullet."

Broughton Anglican College principal Don O'Connor said another connecting road would bring more students to that school and make life easier for the parents of existing students.

"One of our biggest feeder areas is Mount Annan and Currans Hill, so at the moment our parents go through Narellan Road and Campbelltown," Mr O'Connor said.

"At the moment, distance-wise we're close, but road-wise and time-wise it can be quite a lengthy trip."

Chief executive of Tabcorp Park Menangle John Dumesny said the road would allow people driving to and from the paceway to avoid clogging Narellan Road during peak hour.

"It will help us in helping others, in that we won't be bringing through Macarthur shopping centre all the heavy traffic of horse floats," Mr Dumesny said.

"Already many of our people that come here have devised their own alternate routes to come through the back way through Camden.

"All that traffic that comes down the highway — and 80 per cent of it comes from the north — will be able to bypass Campbelltown or Macarthur shopping centre as such and bypass the Hume Highway and go straight into Menangle Park."

President of the Macarthur Regional Organisation of Councils (MACROC) and Wollondilly councillor Benn Banasik said the road would also help Wollondilly residents, businesses and local tourism.

"We're going to contact the government and say that MACROC, as a representative body of all three Macarthur councils, sees it as an integral part of infrastructure in Macarthur," he said.

"Obviously the government's got a hard task on their hands because they've got a number of roads in the area that need to be done.

"I want to see the government do it as fast as possible, but I don't want to see it pushed into the red on any projects."

Wollondilly MP Jai Rowell said he had already had many discussions about the need for the road and would continue to push for it.

"I've been on the record for a long time supporting that and very much agree it's a vital piece of infrastructure that we need.

"I will continue to lobby for that."

Camden MP Chris Patterson said he would ensure the proposal was looked at by the appropriate ministers once it was submitted to the state government.