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STATEMENT RE: IA INFRASTRUCTURE PRIORITY LIST RELEASE

February 26, 2020

STATEMENT RE: IA INFRASTRUCTURE PRIORITY LIST RELEASE

“I absolutely welcome the prioritising of upgrades to mobile telecommunications, and the inclusion of Indigenous arts and culture by Infrastructure Australia,” Ms Templeman said.

 

“The bushfires and storms have yet again shown the appalling gaps in our phone systems right across the Blue Mountains and Hawkesbury. It won’t be fixed until there is a national commitment to seeing improvements.

 

“And this is the first time Infrastructure Australia has recognised that arts and cultural infrastructure plays a key role in the social and economic empowerment of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, and especially provide opportunities for tourism in our region.

 

“However, this report also confirms what we all thought from the NSW Government’s proposal to duplicate the Great Western Highway; it’s all about trucks, big trucks, ‘High Productivity Vehicles’.

 

“I am very concerned about the focus on heavy vehicles; it means the long B-doubles on the Great Western Highway. That won’t just affect residents in the Upper Mountains, but everyone who lives in our World Heritage Area.

 

“While Infrastructure Australia doesn’t specify how and where the duplication is to occur, it does mean the upgrade is on the national agenda.

 

“I will continue to work with State MP Trish Doyle, Blue Mountains Mayor Mark Greenhill and local residents to do what we can to protect the Mountains’ villages and environment.”

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