Mayor defends environmental impact of rail underpass
Gosford mayor Cr Laurie McKinna has defended the council's environmental standards in the design of the second stage of the Woy Woy railway underpass.
In a media release issued last week, Cr McKinna said that "extensive measures" would be in place to protect the sensitive environmental areas at Bulls Hill.
"Some Council-owned properties have been acquired for the project's second stage including part of the Nagari Road Bush Reserve, some Coastal Open Space System (COSS) land and part of the sewage treatment plant site.
"An Environmental Impact Statement highlighted that the works will deliver major community benefits and with the appropriate mitigation measures any impact to the natural environment will be minimal.
"The COSS land that has been acquired in this particular area for the works represents less than one per cent of the over 2500 hectares of land across Gosford City that is currently secured within Council's COSS.
"This COSS land was originally acquired to help protect the nearby wetlands, but the stage two works and associated environmental protection measures have been designed to ensure there is minimal impact on the wetlands.
"Importantly, the compensation for the COSS land that's been acquired will be used to purchase even more valuable environmentally sensitive land across Gosford City to include in the COSS," Cr McKinna added.
The NSW Government has so far committed $52 million in funding to help Council design and implement the Rawson Road Railway Level Crossing Replacement Project.
The level crossing at Rawson Rd will be closed when the new vehicle underpass at the base of Bulls Hill is completed.
The underpass will connect Nagari Rd to Woy Woy Rd.
Cr McKinna, said he was pleased to see work had started on "this important stage of the project" following the completion of the new pedestrian underpass.
"Earlier this year I was joined by the NSW Minister for Roads and Freight Duncan Gay to open the new $4.5 million pedestrian and cyclist underpass near the intersection of Rawson Rd and Railway St.
"These works will deliver significant safety and transport improvements for both road and rail users," he said.
Media release, 21 Aug 2015
Lawrie McKinna, Gosford Council