The Minister for Roads Duncan Gay is being accused of playing party politics with noise barrier relief for local residents directly affected by increasing traffic along the M1 Motorway.

Earlier this afternoon, Member for Kiama Gareth Ward MP tweeted he was happy to be delivering on an election promise “for noise walls along the Princes Highway” and specifically thanked the Minister.

Member for Shellharbour Anna Watson has made consistent representations to the same Minister since August last year on behalf of local Flinders estate residents who gathered a petition calling for the erection of a noise barrier along a 500-metre section of the M1 Motorway.

Ms Watson has written to the Minister on numerous occasion, provided him with the petition, raised the issue on the floor of the State Parliament, convened a meeting with UrbanGrowth NSW to have resident’s concerns considered, and requested a meeting with the Minister in February.

The Minister has simply referred the resident’s concerns to Shellharbour City Council and the developer of the Flinders estate claiming noise mitigation was their responsibility.

Ms Watson has today written to the Minister again drawing his attention to Mr Ward’s tweet and requested an explanation as to why North Kiama residents have had their concerns about noise addressed, while her constituents were being ignored.

Comments attributable to Anna Watson MP: 

“This is the same road with the very same problem – increasing noise from the M1 Motorway and its impact on the lives of local residents.

“One lot of affected residents seems to be treated very differently from another lot of residents along the very same stretch of road affected by the very same noise problem.

“I’m very pleased that the North Kiama residents will benefit from noise walls, I just would like the very same treatment for my constituents living at Flinders.

“It appears to me that the Minister is playing party politics with noise relief for different residents on the same road, affected by increasing noise from the same traffic source just a few kilometres apart from one another.

“I’m sick and tired of the Minister trying to shift the responsibility from one agency to another agency.

“This has been going on now since August.

“The Minister should stop playing party politics with people’s lives and meet with me to address this problem as I’ve been asking him to do since February.”


17 May 2016