As you are no doubt aware, Transport NSW is currently seeking feedback on a proposed future motorway connecting the M7 to the Bells Line of Road at Kurrajong Heights. The concept of this roadway is not new and has been flagged since 1951. However, there has been a change in the positioning of the corridor, the details of which have now been made public for consultation.
If you follow this link https://www.collaborativemap.com/WesternSydneyCorridors you will see an interactive map showing the position of the proposed corridor and also some links to further information. As you will be able to identify, the motorway will pass along the back of our existing sporting field and cuts across the land we own in this area. This obviously has caused the school some concern as we are currently in the process of finalising our new master plan, which included developing this impacted area to expand and improve our sporting fields. There is now some considerable uncertainty about the impact of this development on our plans.
In addition to this, we have some concerns about the potential impact of the motorway on Taylor Road. The detail is not clear in this regard, however we would certainly have major objections if Taylor Road was cut by the motorway, as it would significantly impact on access to the school. Obviously, noise levels and increased pollution are also areas to be considered and addressed.
Whilst the proposed new corridor does impact on the school, we are very mindful of our close neighbours and other members of the community whose homes and businesses are significantly affected. I have been able to speak to a number of locals about their individual concerns.
I have taken the opportunity to speak directly with our local members of parliament (including Minister, Stuart Ayres). I have also sent representatives to the various community briefings to garner as much information about these developments as we can, and also to express our concerns and ask questions.
Transport NSW is inviting submissions on these recommendations by 18 May 2018. You are encouraged to do this by one of the following methods:
Use the interactive online map to see the corridor location and to provide your feedback.
Corridor Investigation Office
Transport for NSW
PO Box K659
Haymarket NSW 1240
1800 837 511
The more submissions that are made about our concerns, the more weight they are likely to carry. I have been assured by the Minister that our responses will absolutely be considered in the decision making process, and that our feedback is very important. The school will certainly be making its own submission detailing the issues discussed above.
Thank you for your ongoing support of our wonderful school community.