Breaking News: Monday 26 August 2013
In a sign of how controversial the planned expansion of Campbelltown Road Denham Court has become, the RMS (Roads & Maritime Services) has ceased to return calls from the Member for Macquarie Fields, Dr Andrew McDonald.
The road that locals are calling the “Highway to Nowhere” has become such a political “Hot Potato” that even the local Member for Parliament can’t obtain answers from the RMS. This week a spokesperson from the office of Dr Andrew McDonald, Member for Macquarie Fields confirmed that calls from Dr McDonald’s office to the RMS in regard to the matter of Campbelltown Road are not being returned.
Dr McDonald has been an outspoken advocate for the local Community on the issue of the widening of Campbelltown Road, questioning the need for the high cost expansion that the Community has opposed after the RMS was found to have failed to notify the Community in time for residents to have attended at least 2 out of the 4 planned information sessions. As the NSW State Member for Macquarie Fields, Dr McDonald has raised a number of questions in Parliament regarding the proposed expansion of Campbelltown Road.
The cessation of communication from the RMS comes after a private traffic survey firm was sighted with survey equipment on Campbelltown Road late at night in an operation deemed by some to be “under cover of darkness”. Local residents have questioned the traffic data the RMS claims justifies the expansion. After spending $3 million on developing the proposal it would appear that the RMS is now gathering traffic data. In circumstances where the proposal will cost around $200 million to implement it is considered that accurate data should have been collected prior to spending $3 million of taxpayers’ money on a proposal that the Community says is unjustifiable and unwanted.
The proposal may have an effect on the Federal Government election results after mainstream TV news reported that voters are increasingly voting on local issues when choosing who to elect as their Federal Member of Parliament on 7 September.