Wedderburn’s Lysaght Road fire trail unlikely to be reopened

Likely to remain closed: Lysaght Road is unlikely to be reconnected to Appin Road. Picture: Chris Lane
Likely to remain closed: Lysaght Road is unlikely to be reconnected to Appin Road. Picture: Chris Lane

After years of back and forth between Campbelltown Council, Wollondilly Council and Roads and Maritime Services, it seems the verdict is in – Wedderburn’s Lysaght Road fire trail will not be reopened.

Campbelltown councillors are set to support a recommendation to cease investigation into the road – which would provide a second exit out of the rural suburb through a connection to Appin Road in the south – being reopened, unless funding is supplied by Wollondilly Council or the RMS.

The recommendation comes as work has begun on a new bridge over Wedderburn Gorge.

The bridge – which Wedderburn residents have long called for – will allow locals to leave the suburb during times of heavy rain and flooding, as the causeway often floods and makes the existing road inaccessible.

Resident Pat Durman is thrilled the council looks to be abandoning plans to reopen the closed Lysaght Road.

“This is the best news I’ve heard in ages,” she said.

“There was a lot of anti-social behaviour when that road was open, because people had a quick exit out to Appin Road.

“There were cars dumped and robberies and even things like dirty nappies left by the road.”

The council report stated the council was limited in its ability to further consider reopening Lysaght Road without assistance.

“It should be noted that council is unable to upgrade or fund the upgrade of roads outside of its’ Local Government Area and as there is no support from either Wollondilly Shire Council or the RMS to fund the proposal then it is considered that Lysaght Road cannot be extended through to Appin Road, Wedderburn,” the report read.

“With the Lysaght Road extension not a viable option, the provision of a flood-free bridge across the Georges River took on greater importance [for the council].”

Ms Durman said before Lysaght Road was closed almost 20 years ago a clean up along the fire trail, organised by her husband Barry, collected more than 450 tonnes of rubbish including 20 tonnes of concrete, four full skips bins of metal, one skip bin worth of asbestos and 52 car bodies. 

Rural Fire Service spokespeople have said in the past that Lysaght Road was not safe for motorists.

Former Campbelltown councillor Rudi Kolkman and former Wollondilly councillor Ray Law had previously pushed for the fire trail’s reopening, but were unsuccessful.