Member for Southern Highlands, Peta Seaton met residents at the Burragorang Lookout on Wombeyan Caves Road last week and witnessed first hand the potentially dangerous conditions locals are forced to navigate on a daily basis.
Ms Seaton said members of the action group invited her to drive and walk the road so she could see and feel for herself the current condition of the road and understand how it impacts on the lives and vehicles of the residents.
“The effect of the recent heavy rainfall has contributed to the deteriorating condition of Wombeyan Caves Road to such an extent that residents try to avoid driving along it at night or during bad weather conditions,” Ms Seaton said.
“Bruce Clisdell and Amanda MacRae who have organised the recent local meetings to discuss this issue are fully aware that it would be impossible to seal the entire road however, what they do want is a properly constructed and engineered unsealed road that won’t be washed away whenever there’s heavy rainfall.
“The residents have asked me to seek a meeting with the Roads Minister to discuss this matter and to get his commitment to fix the road once and for all to stop this ridiculous exercise of throwing good money after bad to fill pot holes that reappear within weeks.
Ms Seaton said another consequence of the poor structural condition of Wombeyan Caves Road is that whenever the surface of the road washes off it flows into the water catchment area and contributes to water pollution.
“The Nattai National Park is supposed to protect Sydney’s water supply, but this continual flow of road surface into the waterway belies that purpose.
“I have written to the Sydney Catchment Authority to request the SCA contribute to fixing the road by diverting some of the dividends paid to the Carr Government.
“That way, the SCA will be helping itself by halting the water pollution caused by the flow off and assisting the residents by contributing to fixing up their road.
“I know the NPWS is keen to reclaim that lookout and clean it up but I am concerned that money to do this may come out of the roads budget.
“It is simply unfair to use precious road funding to achieve a national parks plan to fix up the lookout.
“I have written to the Environment Minister urging him to support the restoration and necessary drainage works of the area by providing the necessary funds independent of any money that should be contributed by the Roads Minister to fix the road once and for all.”
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