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Tuesday, 28 May 2002
Page: 2528

Mr LATHAM (10:57 PM) — In the moments remaining, I would like to raise an issue of burning concern in my electorate. This is the question of traffic congestion in the suburbs of Prestons and Hoxton Park. The Liverpool local government area is one of the fastest growing in New South Wales. Much of that growth is concentrated in Prestons and Hoxton Park at the northern end of my electorate. The most important issue for people moving into these suburbs is traffic congestion. This is indicative of the lifestyle issues in Sydney, where people are saying they like Sydney as a global city and the cosmopolitan lifestyle style advantages, but wouldn't it be nice to be able to turn right out of their suburb in the morning in less than half an hour and to move quickly out of their suburb on their way to work, school and other activities? Given the growth of Prestons, Hoxton Park and West Hoxton, there is an urgent need for local, state and federal government to produce an integrated transport plan—a road transport plan that eases the traffic congestion problem.

The federal government, of course, needs to build the Western Sydney Orbital Road— the national highway—as quickly as possible to move all the heavy vehicles away from the suburban streets at the northern end of my electorate. The New South Wales government needs to upgrade Cowpasture Road, south of Elizabeth Drive, and also to allocate the funds that are needed desperately for the widening and upgrading of Camden Valley Way. Liverpool council, of course, in collecting section 94 contributions, has an important role to discharge. The council needs to rebuild, repair and widen Bernera Road and Kurrajong Road.

I would urge all levels of government to be part of this integrated road transport plan. People in Prestons deserve easy access in and out of the suburb. The three levels of government working together can achieve a great deal of benefit for the new residentsmoving into the western part of the Liverpool local government area. It is time for action. I want to see the governments working together and providing the amenity and lifestyle that those residents deserve.

The SPEAKER —Order! It being 11 p.m., the debate is interrupted.