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Mayor Announces Traffic Study for Blaxland Park

Source: Mark Greenhill, Blue Mountains Mayor
Posted: 21 Apr 2020
Blue Mountains Mayor Mark Greenhill has announced a traffic study will be pursued as part of the possible reopening of Blaxland War Memorial Park.

Since the State Government initiated the Crown Land Review, Council’s long held desire to reopen the park has become a possibility.

Many years ago, the area between the railway line and the state government-controlled Great Western Highway was a park for the Blaxland community but was effectively landlocked by road developments that took place decades ago.

In 2012, Cr. Greenhill successfully carried a resolution through council that it lobby the state government for the park to reopen.

While council is land manager, the park is state government land that is locked off by a state government bridge, the state government highway and the state government railway line. After years of lobbying for the park to reopen, the recent Crown Land Review has allowed to council to explore the possibility that it takes ownership and the land is looked at for restoration as a park.

Mayor Greenhill said “The big challenge is access.

“Various pieces of state government infrastructure lock the park away and at present there is no safe access.

“Our staff have had recent dialogue with Transport for NSW (TfNSW) in relation to this matter.

“BMCC will undertake a traffic study at the intersection of the Great Western Highway and Wilson Way.

“This study aims to inform a design for potential pedestrian access to Blaxland War Memorial Park. With the introduction of the Crown Land Review, now is the perfect time to get that work done.

“TfNSW would then subsequently review the report and design for approval.

“Council is writing to the agency to see what support they may be able to give us in order to get this work done as soon as practicable.

“If we get a positive outcome from the traffic study and Crown Land Review, we can start the serious work of planning for the reopening of the park, including potential state and federal government grants.

“The recent announcement of the Crown Land Review has made this long-held desire a real possibility and I intend to pursue it on behalf of the Blaxland and surrounding community,” the Mayor concluded.

 
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