State Significance – Community Pain, No Gain -Windsor Bridge Happy 140th Birthday
When the NSW Government decree that something is of State Significance, it is usually to prevent the community from being consulted, the decision making process is approved by the Planning Minister, one person without consultation from the people who live in the place that is being Developed, every person in NSW be aware, any development worth 20 million and over can take this course even the Development of a site as important as the Parramatta Female Factory can be subject to this process but we will leave that story for another day. The people from Windsor have been fighting for common sense decision for over three years.
The group Community Action for Windsor Bridge (CAWB) have worked tirelessly to try and convince the NSW Government, that there is a better option that would be more effective and less destructive of the oldest Town Square in Australia, established in 1795.
Not only will this proposal be destructive to the unique and fragile heritage of an important part of our nation’s history, it will also prove to be an ineffective solution to the ever increasing demands of road users.
We feel that the politicians from Local and State governments have let their community down. To replace a bridge that still carries a full load of traffic, with two lanes the same width, only a bit higher, beggars belief. One would think that if you were truly representing your citizens you would look for an alternative to destroying the Town Square and taking the ever increasing traffic away from the city area.
One wonders why this decision was undertaken and no amount of correspondence including a 13,000 signed petitions, visit to members of Parliament, Local Government and to Parliament House has fell on deaf ears. The only thing that actually stands out is the continuing sand mining further up stream at Birds Eye Corner. Could this be the reason to demolish a bridge that is still carrying a full load 140 years on? The only thing that the replacement will achieve is a higher bridge; it will not stop flooding in the area because while the middle of the bridge will be above the water, the approaches will still be flooded.
Does the sand mining firm want to put the sand on river barges, do they want to float it past Windsor, and if so who will benefit. Somewhere in the papers of the NSW Government there lies the answer. Follow the money trail. Does the sand mining firm want to put the sand on river barges, do they want to float it past Windsor, and if so who will benefit. Somewhere in the papers of the NSW Government, somewhere there lays the answer. Follow the money trail.
One may also ask why the politicians elected to represent the Community get away with putting the development before the people they represent, on person has moved to another electorate, the decision taken because of a change in the electoral boundaries, but is this the only reason, in our opinion this was only a minor part of the decision, we let you the reader make the judgment.
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June M Bullivant OAM
Crown Land Our Land.