House debates

Tuesday, 27 October 2020

Statements by Members

Reid Electorate: Roads

1:50 pm

Photo of Fiona MartinFiona Martin (Reid, Liberal Party) Share this | | Hansard source

Many people in Reid have been waiting close to 20 years to see an upgrade to Homebush Bay Drive. The Morrison government has committed $50 million to the project, which is being delivered in partnership with the New South Wales government. This project will resolve delays and long queues on Homebush Bay Drive and the Australia Avenue and Underwood Road roundabout. It will also mean better access to suburbs like Sydney Olympic Park, Wentworth Point, Newington, Homebush, Rhodes and surrounding suburbs.

I'm very pleased to provide the House and my constituents with a progress update. The project is currently in the development and planning stage, and Transport for NSW are finishing up geotechnical investigations to get more information about the foundations of the site. Following this, a value management workshop will be held. It will be the final step on the scoping works. Several specialists will come together, along with other key stakeholders like the local council, to discuss the road and urban design options for the road and intersection. This means that we're one step closer to a solution for Australia's worst roundabout. I can also confirm that in early 2021, community consultation will also be opened to residents in the area. They will get the chance to have their say on the best options to improve Homebush Bay Drive. I look forward to the next stage of this project and hearing the community's input. Thank you.