After months and months of finger-pointing and blame-shifting, it is now clear that responsibility for reducing noise pollution for Flinders estate residents rests with the State Government.
Letters from Shellharbour City Council, UrbanGrowth NSW, PEET Limited and the Minister for Planning, The Hon Rob Stokes MP each confirm that they have complied with all relevant planning and development applications, including noise amelioration.
The letters contradict the public assertions of the Minister for Roads, Duncan Gay MLC and the Parliamentary Secretary for the Illawarra and South Coast, Gareth Ward MP who blame the developers and Council for the noise problem.
I have requested a face-to-face meeting with the Minister during the next week of Parliamentary sittings starting on Tuesday, 2 August 2016 to further discuss this issue and to have it finally resolved.
The Government recently announced funding to construct permanent noise barriers for North Kiama residents who have been impacted by the very same noise from the very same road.
I am not asking for the Great Wall of China to be built for affected Flinders residents – just that a 500 metre gap noise gap is plugged.
It is time for the Minister and the Government to stop avoiding responsibility and start delivering peace of mind to Flinders estate residents directly impacted by increasing noise from the M1 Motorway.
27 July 2016