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Mayor's Weekly Message: 17 December 2018

Released on: 17 December 2018

Released on: 17 December 2018

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Orbital Road engagement continues

There is never a good time to tell someone that their property may be affected by an infrastructure project like the proposed Orbital Road, and I acknowledge the stress and anxiety this has caused for some residents.

I’ve spoken to many residents in the road’s investigation area, and hear loud and clear the impacts the project is having on local property owners and businesses.

I’ve also received lots of feedback from our community that we need to address the increasing traffic volumes we’re experiencing at present, and that this project could not come soon enough.

Council are wanting to get feedback from and engage with our community now, before further investigation occurs, a route is finalised and the project is approved by Council.

We are committed to providing as much information as possible as the project progresses, and this week will be releasing a new information brochure on the project’s potential timings moving forward, including updated frequently asked questions that will be available at Council’s website.

An important point to remember is that the proposed route for the Orbital Road is not finalised, and this is why we are engaging with the community to determine what this route might look like. This also means we don’t know which properties will be affected by property acquisition at this stage.

What we do know however, is that under no circumstances will Council need to acquire 470 properties for the Orbital Road project.

I encourage everyone in our community to provide feedback and ask questions regarding this important infrastructure project for our region, and to participate in further community engagement opportunities that Council will roll out in February.

To learn more and have your say on the Orbital Road project visit Council’s website at haveyoursay.pmhc.nsw.gov.au/orbital-road

Residents with further questions on the Orbital Road project are encouraged to contact Council via email at orbital@pmhc.nsw.gov.au