CAWB is a grassroots organisation based in Windsor NSW, the third oldest settlement in Australia. We are dedicated to fighting for the most progressive infrastructure solution for Windsor and the Hawkesbury. A current plan by the RMS, known as Option 1, would see the demolition of the historic Windsor Bridge, the construction of a two lane ‘like for like‘ replacement, and a major, arterial road bulldozed through Thompson Square, Australia’s oldest public space. Not only would this proposal be destructive to the unique and fragile heritage of an important part of our nation's history, it would also prove to be an ineffective solution to the ever increasing demands of road users. Make sure YOU have YOUR say today!
Perrottet’s plan for Windsor Bridge another
slap in face for the Hawkesbury
In a clear attempt to quash the long-running community outrage about the contentious Windsor Bridge Replacement Project, a desperate Baird Government has change its mind about what it will deliver.
However, according to Hawkesbury Councillor, Pete Reynolds, the new plan, announced by Local Member, Dominic Perrottet, is even more stupid than the original plan.
“The Government knows a third lane will make little, or no difference to traffic congestion. Both the Government’s independent traffic expert and the RMS (April 2016) say any third lane will simply provide “more vehicle storage space” on the bridge.
While Mr Perrottet apparently believes the changed plans will “reduce congestion for Hawkesbury drivers”, the RMS doesn’t agree. An RMS Q&A, (April 2016) says a third lane is not required until 2026. It also says “congestion is currently caused by the intersections on approach to the existing bridge”.
CAWB President, Harry Terry is very angry. “This change removes the only benefit this questionable project might have delivered. It takes away the planned breakdown lanes. Breakdowns will now block through traffic and cause traffic delays (RMS April 2016).”
Mr Reynolds throws further doubt over Mr Perrottet’s new plan. “The third lane will flow towards Sydney, but maximum traffic flow is towards Wilberforce. I stand by what I said earlier, this is a stupid idea and an insult to the long-suffering Hawkesbury community.”
Former senior government policy advisor, Kate Mackaness is worried about budget implications. “This is a project that has never had a proper budget allocation. In fact last year the Baird Government allocated half a million dollars and this financial year a million dollars to the project but have already, in 2016, spent at least two and a half million on archaeology. Mr Perrottet says the project is due to go to tender it does not have an allocated construction budget. I am deeply concerned about the financial management of this project,’ she says, adding, “How many warts does a project have to have before there is the independent inquiry CAWB has been calling for since 2012?
Harry Terry says “Community Action for Windsor Bridge will continue to fight for a genuine traffic solution for the Hawkesbury. We are fed up with politicians who do not even live in the area telling us the Baird Government is serious about planning for the Hawkesbury’s future. This is not about the Hawkesbury’s future, it’s trying to secure Mr Perrottet’s future in the face of his betrayal of his electorate.”
6th December, 2016
The Occupation of Thompson Square enters its 4th year!
On July 21, 2016, CAWB celebrated the third birthday of the continuous occupation of Australia's oldest public space, Thompson Square. Twenty four hours a day, seven days a week, volunteers man the 'High Commission' tent set in the corner of the square, on a section of the ground that, if the plan goes ahead, will be buried by the new project. The volunteers take it in turns to protect the square on a roster of four hourly shifts. As you could imagine, when you are sitting there 24 hrs a day, in all sorts of weather, all manner of interesting events take place... But most of all, the High Commissioners all report meeting the most wonderful people, having a few laughs, and strengthening their resolve to fight this third rate plan.
Read more about CAWB's Occupation of Thompson Square here.
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