Councils in disagreement over need for missing link roads to be joined

Blacktown Councillor Edmond Atalla, pictured with fellow Labor councillors Charlie Lowles and Stepehn Bali has been campaigning for the link since he was first elected onto council. Picture: Gary Warrick

Blacktown Councillor Edmond Atalla, pictured with fellow Labor councillors Charlie Lowles and Stepehn Bali has been campaigning for the link since he was first elected onto council. Picture: Gary Warrick

A MASSIVE roadblock stands in the way of a 900-metre missing link which would improve access between St Marys and Mount Druitt.

Blacktown and Penrith councils are at loggerheads over a proposal to link up Kurrajong Street in North St Marys with Kurrajong Avenue in Mount Druitt.

The Star first reported on the matter last year after Penrith councillors voted not to support the proposal.

Blacktown has done preliminary research and a $25 million cost estimation but can't develop the proposal further.

"While it is acknowledged that there would be some benefit in providing the proposed connection, it would not justify the high costs involved to bridge Ropes Creek and provide the necessary road connections," a Penrith Council spokesman said.

"The proposal has not been identified by the Penrith Arterial Roads Study or by this council as a key transport link, and competes with many other high priority transport projects."

The proposed link would take heavy vehicle traffic away from residential roads such as Aurora Drive and Debrincat Avenue.

"Connecting Kurrajong Avenue directly between the two industrial areas would deliver benefits for business through a shorter travel distance for heavy vehicles than presently exists," a Blacktown Council spokeswoman said.

"Should the project be supported by Penrith, council would also seek state government funding support as the travel time savings to business would be significant."

Blacktown Labor councillor Edmond Atalla has lobbied for the link for nine years.

"I think Penrith feel threatened and fear they would lose patrons who may go to Mount Druitt to shop instead of St Marys," he said.

Cr Stephen Bali added:

"The link would provide value to the business community and the industrial areas."

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