While Council looks at taking the high road to overcome the Northern Illawarra’s traffic woes, the Thirroul Village Committee is calling on a solution that’s much closer to the ocean.
The Committee has thrown open their doors to the public and will conduct an Open Meeting on Sunday November 26 at the Thirroul Railway Institute Hall in Railway Street to address local issues – including the single road access to the northern suburbs.
All four Ward One Councillors have been invited, Councillor Jenelle Rimmer has offered to speak, and while there are other items on the agenda, it’s the traffic which will take priority.
Secretary Murray Jones says the committee is concerned there are so many ‘points of singularity’ along Lawrence Hargrave Drive, so if there is an accident, with no other way around, the rest of the region will be cut off.
Murray says this is not a new battle, with land first set aside in the 1950s to link Thirroul’s Raymond Road to Sandon Point. “That plan involved reclaiming land in Station Street. The owners didn’t agree so it never went ahead,” says Murray. “When they were building the Sea Cliff Bridge and the road was blocked to the North, it was extremely dangerous because if there was an accident, all those people could have been trapped between with no adequate access.
“Back in the old days Phillip Street in Thirroul connected to Buttenshaw and Morrison and that was the main road through because there were too many creeks on what is now Lawrence Hargrave Drive. But that was a long time ago and we need to do something now.”
So the Thirroul Village Committee has a plan.
They’re calling on Council to build a bridge over Tramway Creek to link McCauley’s Estate to Sandon Point.
“When the proposal was put forward for McCauley’s Beach Estate we petitioned long and hard because there were a lot of negatives. There are no parks, no public land and the blocks are not big enough for families to plant trees. But the trade off was we would get a bridge, and another road out of town.
“In fact, there were supposed to be three roads out of the estate, along Hewitts Avenue, Wrexham Rd and Sturdee Avenue. Only the Wrexham Rd link eventuated.
“The brickworks took longer to vacate than expected and the project extended past the seven year contract, which expired before the bridge was built.
“We believe there are still caveats on available land that include construction of a bridge, but we can’t wait for that to happen so are calling on Wollongong Council and the State Government to cough up the $8 million and build the bridge now. It would not be another main road, just another way out of town in case of emergency, and to help ease the traffic situation.”
You can have your say at the Thirroul Village Committee meeting – Thirroul Railway Hall. 4pm on November 26, 2017.