The need for a 500 metre noise wall to be constructed for Flinders estate residents will now be debated on the floor of State Parliament.
While the State Government was boasting about completing a 200 metre noise wall for North Kiama residents over the last 24 hours, the Minister for Roads Duncan Gay is keeping to the slow lane in delivering noise relief for hundreds of Flinders estate residents.
The Government continues to assert that Flinders estate developers – including the Government’s own property developer, UrbanGrowth NSW – are responsible for providing noise amelioration from increasing traffic noise from the M1 Motorway.
Correspondence from developers, UrbanGrowth NSW and PEET Limited, and Shellharbour Council all disagree with the Government’s assertions noting they have each complied with all relevant legislative and planning requirements.
Last week I moved a Notice of Motion in the Legislative Assembly calling on the Government to build the noise wall at Flinders just as it has for North Kiama residents:
1193 FLINDERS ESTATE NOISE BARRIERS
MS ANNA WATSON to move—
That this House:
(1) Notes the M1 Motorway is the source of noise pollution for residents residing in the Flinders estate.
(2) Disagrees with assertions by the Minister for Roads and Parliamentary Secretary for the lllawarra
and South Coast that noise amelioration is the responsibility of developers and Shellharbour City Council.
(3) Notes that permanent noise barriers will be installed for residents at North Kiama.
(4) Calls on the Government to fund the erection of noise barriers for Flinders estate residents.
(Notice given 3 August 2016—lapses 4 February 2017)
It is an inescapable responsibility of the Government that it must provide this noise wall.
The finger-pointing and petty politics played by the Minister for Roads and Parliamentary Secretary for the Illawarra and South Coast Gareth Ward MP must stop.
The noise pollution from the M1 Motorway, which has been solved for the residents of North Kiama, must now be provided by the Government for the residents of Flinders estate.
The same road is responsible for the same noise pollution.
The same solution to fixing this problem is to build the same noise wall as the Government has provided to North Kiama residents.
17 August 2016