The Hills mayor Yvonne Keane has backed Hornsby Council’s calls to improve roads in their regions.
Hornsby Council stopped a proposal to build 2900 dwellings on rural land at South Dural because there was no funding for community infrastructure, including upgrading roads.
The Hills Council has welcomed Hornsby’s decision, and both councils want to work together to fix roads that are now struggling to cope with population growth in The Hills’ northern suburbs.
During a mayoral minute at Tuesday night’s council meeting, Cr Keane called on the state government to work with The Hills and Hornsby on local roads.
“Estimates from Road and Maritime Services (RMS) provided to Hornsby Council indicate the upgrade of New Line Road itself will require $300 million,” Cr Keane said.
“Clearly, South Dural alone cannot fund this along with other local infrastructure needs but nor should it have to.
“It is unfortunate that RMS is not looking beyond the immediate locality as these roads link many other large scale urban and regional areas. They are already congested and in need of upgrading.
“An upgrade of Annangrove Road, a bypass of Round Corner and upgrading Old Northern Road and New Line Road should be seen as essential state road infrastructure to serve as an arterial for the north-west.”
Hornsby mayor Steve Russell said the council received 5000 submissions from concerned residents, action groups and local members of parliament who were all against the proposal.
He said roads need to be upgraded before the area takes on more density.
“We have been concerned by the increase in traffic this proposed development would cause, particularly on New Line Road and Old Northern Road which are already overburdened,” Cr Russell said.
“Even without the South Dural planning proposal those roads are in a terrible shape.”