Some might say it would be smarter to own a boat on the Northern Beaches than drive a car.
La Nina will bring flooding rains to the east coast of Australia this year which will cause more flooding across vital roads. The Wakehurst Parkway, or better referred to as the Wakehurst Floodway has again been closed due to floodwater. Cutting off one of the main Northern Beaches roads connecting peninsular residents to the Northern Beaches Hospital.
Northern Beaches Member of the House of Representatives, Jason Falinski MP has expressed his concern for the safety of Northern Beaches residents.
“With the Parkway closed yet again, I am concerned we have effectively lost the main road for the northern part of the Beaches to access the hospital.” Mr Falinski said.
“Despite writing to the New South Wales Government numerous times and offering Federal funding to fix this road, the State Government’s responses have continuously been disappointing.”
Mr Falinski has had conversations with the Minister for Urban Infrastructure, the Hon. Alan Tudge MP who has told Mr Falinski funding for the upgrade of the Parkway could be made available through the Federal government’s $4 billion Urban Congestion Fund.
Mr Falinski has written to the New South Wales Minister for Roads and Transport, Andrew Constance several times, imploring him to ask Minister Tudge for funding assistance.
“I have pleaded on behalf of my community that the Minister pick up the phone or get a pen and piece of paper and ask the Federal Government for the funds to fix this road.”
“It is beyond a joke.”
The Federal Government’s record $110 billion transport infrastructure program will support local jobs and businesses at the time it is needed most. These investments, like a potential upgrade to Wakehurst Parkway will deliver on the Government’s economic plan for a stronger and more resilient Australia, boosting the economy and creating jobs.
Member for Mackellar, Jason Falinski believes upgrading Wakehurst Parkway would also have major benefits to the Northern Beaches economy and create jobs.
“Construction projects like widening and floodproofing the Wakehurst Parkway would benefit the economy at both a local level by supporting local businesses and creating jobs, and also at a national level as we recover from the COVID-19 crisis.”
“The Liberal Party has been great for the Northern Beaches, with new hospitals, the B-Line and new roads. What we now request of the New South Wales Government, is to complete the missing link – Wakehurst Parkway.”