07 December, 2014

Bells Line Expressway

From: Lithgow Ratepayers [mailto:lithgowratepayers@gmail.com]
Sent: Wednesday, 3 December 2014 11:39 PM
To: Greater Lithgow Ratepayers
Subject: Lithgow Mercury: 'Bells Line under the radar'.

Lithgow Mercury:  'Bells Line under the radar'.

"THE NSW Coalition Government is being ‘let off the hook’ by ignoring the need for the much discussed but never enacted Bells Line Expressway, according to former Member for Bathurst Gerard Martin.

Mr Martin said the government was prepared to spend billions on ‘digging holes under Sydney’ but had no plans for the Bells Line ‘and hope no one notices’.

Mr Martin, who was also Lithgow’s longest serving mayor, said the need for the Bells Line route was the most obvious factor in opening up the Central West.

“Instead they just plan to reshuffle the sources of carbon pollution around Sydney,” he said.

“The Coalition promised a start on the Bells Line Expressway during their first term in government.

“The first term is just about up but all they’ve done is to provide an extra overtaking lane on the existing Bells Line near Bilpin.”

Mr Martin said Member for Bathurst and Minister for Local Government Paul Toole was being given ‘an easy ride’ on this issue by all concerned and he was wondering why.

“His silence has been deafening and CENTROC and other authorities in the region have let this issue slide under the radar.

“I don’t know if the Bells Line Action Group that was headed by (former Nationals Minister) Ian Armstrong still meets or even exists."

AND the former Labor State Member for Bathurst and long-time Lithgow City Council Mayor Gerard Martin may be absolutely right about the Nationals dominated Lithgow City Council and Centroc's complete lack of any action over the future of the Bells Line Expressway from Lithgow to Sydney - with not one mention of it being made by our local 'Halloween Queen' and Mayor Maree Statham following her chairing this week of the 'First taskforce meeting on boosting Lithgow's economy'.

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