The State Government should either build the permanent noise barriers to plug a 500 metre gap between the M1 Motorway and Flinders estate, or share the funding costs with the developer and Council.
Member for Shellharbour Anna Watson has also proposed the Government procure construction for the noise barriers at the same time as another project starts to build noise barriers for North Kiama residents also affected by noise pollution from the same road – the M1 Motorway.
The move comes after Flinders estate developer’s dispute assertions by the Minister for Roads, Maritime and Freight, Duncan Gay and Member for Kiama, Gareth Ward MP that they are responsible for providing noise amelioration to the area.
Ms Watson has received letters from PEET Limited and UrbanGrowth NSW claiming they have complied with all relevant legislation and guidelines from all relevant government agencies.
Ms Watson has written to the Minister today seeking a meeting as soon as possible after several months of “a merry-go-round of finger-pointing and blame-shifting”.
Comments attributable to Anna Watson MP:
“For several months I’ve attempted to clarify who is responsible for the provision of noise amelioration to Flinders estate residents.
“All I’ve seen so far is a merry-go-round of finger-pointing and blame-shifting from the Government, developers and Council. Each claims the responsibility lies elsewhere.
“Frankly, we’re talking about a 500 metre gap that needs to be plugged by a permanent noise barrier.
“I’m not asking for the construction of the Great Wall of China!
“I’m proposing the Government either fund the construction itself at the same time as it starts the same kind of project for noise barrier construction at North Kiama, or negotiate a three-way funding cocktail involving the Government, developers and Council.
“This 500 metre gap will need to be plugged regardless.
“I’ve requested a meeting with the Minister to discuss the proposals I’m putting forward as soon as possible.”
31 May 2016