Member for Robertson Ms Lucy Wicks has asked Central Coast Council to make design improvements to the proposed $900,000 St Huberts Island bridge project after a group of residents asked her to intervene.
Ms Wicks has rejected calls from some residents to abandon the project, but has asked that the council consider the visual impact of the safety fence planned to be built on the side of the bridge.
However, she said that, in light of the community’s feedback, she contacted the council to request that the residents’ concerns be considered in the design of the bridge.
She said she had raised the community’s concerns with Council roads director Mr Boris Bolgoff.
“Council has since agreed to explore a range of options to address the visual amenity of the safety fencing, conduct more community consultation,and as an interim measure, look at improving the signage and placing CCTV in the area,” she said.
“It is important that we reach a solution for this community that meets the need for additional safety measures to keep young people in the area safe but also adequately considers beauty of this suburb and the pride of place that people in St Hubert’s island have in their bridge.”
The Federal Government has put forward $900,000 towards the upgrade as part of their Commonwealth Urban Congestion Fund to target congestion and improve road safety.
Media statement, 1 Oct 2020
Lucy Wicks, Member for Robertson