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|August 6, 2009
of Pittwater, Australia
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RTA'S Reclassification of Roads
Pittwater Council has rejected
the decision by the RTA’s Road Classification Review Panel to transfer
road management responsibility from the state government for Pittwater
and McCarrs Creek Roads from Mona Vale to the boundary of the
Ku-ring-gai National Park.
A report presented to the Council this week said the current poor
condition of both roads would require $15 million to repair, in
addition to hundreds of thousands of dollars in ongoing maintenance
The RTA advised the Council in June this year that it intended to
reclassify parts of McCarrs Creek Road and Pittwater Road as ‘regional
roads’, instead of their current classification as ‘state roads’.
Roads classified as state roads are subject to full funding and
maintenance by the RTA. Regional roads are the responsibility of the
local Council and are provided with limited funding from the RTA.
At its meeting last night the Council voted to accept the
recommendations of a report by the Council’s engineering staff.
In addition to rejecting the reclassification of the roads, the report
also recommended the formation of a joint working party with the RTA
and the Council to assess the current condition of the roads and the
future funding required for maintenance and improvements.
Mayor David James said the proposal by the RTA to reclassify the road
was ‘unacceptable’, and represented
another example of cost-shifting from state to local government.
“We will be inheriting major roads which are already in a poor state of
repair and in parts have stability concerns,” he said.
“To repair and maintain these roads will cost the Pittwater community
literally millions of dollars, especially when the future impact of sea
level rise is taken into consideration.
“Pittwater and McCarrs Creek Roads are a major tourist gateway into the
Ku-ring-gai National Park and should remain state roads on that basis.”
Mayor James said the Council would seek a meeting with the RTA as soon
as possible to discuss the issue.
Media contact: David James, Pittwater
Council Ph: 9970 1104
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