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Scotland Island - Western Shores - Mackeral Beach
August 6, 2009
Notices for Offshore Residents of Pittwater, Australia
August 2009

Scotland Island Fire Shed Dinner
Saturday August 8 at 7pm

Music by Matt and Jill - "Two Tone" and vegetarians are catered for as well!

Local Council Notices
Council rejects 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 each year.

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

The Painted Image
opens on Friday September the 4th 6-8 p.m. for drinks.

It is at the Marianne Newman Gallery suite 1/1 Albany Street Crows Nest until October the 3rd.

Further details from the gallery or Jan 9999 5955.

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