Cowra to continue Bells Line lobbying

Cowra Shire Council is continuing to pressure the state government to act on a suitable road crossing over the Blue Mountains.

At December’s Local Government conference in Sydney Cowra will move a motion for the conference to call on the State Government to act now to preserve the road corridor for a Bells Line Expressway.

Cowra wants the expressway budgeted for in the 2018 State Budget with council general manager Paul Devery saying its time for the state governments to stop settling for short term solutions.

“Successive state governments have opted for short-term solutions to the Great Western Highway that will never result in the level of access current and future transport needs will demand,” Mr Devery said.

“Despite nearly 100 years of advocacy and millions of dollars of plans, discussions and meetings the expressway over the Blue Mountains has moved no further.”

Mr Devery was critical of state governments spending million on Sydney infrastructure at the expense of the bush.