Protecting Wilderness and National Parks

Colong Foundation welcomes the Newnes Super road being dumped

“ Newnes Plateau is a natural wonderland just to north Lithgow and from today it is safe from any further plans by the RTA to upgrade Great Western Highway ,” said Keith Muir director of the Colong Foundation for Wilderness.

“ The Colong Foundation welcomes t he RTA's decision to throw out the Newnes option for the Highway upgrade because it was a too expensive and conflicted with Defense requirements at Marangaroo , near Lithgow ”, he said.

“The RTA's April newsletter to residents, which has been leaked to the Colong Foundation, is, however, surprisingly silent on the impacts to the World Heritage Area. All the current road options impact on the World Heritage Area and the Grose Wilderness near Mt Victoria village”, Mr Muir said.

“We do welcome the RTA's further consideration of a tunnel option for the Mt Victoria by-pass,” he said.

“Upgrades that use a tunnel and closely follow the existing highway alignment would discourage traffic diversion to the narrow and winding Bells Line of Road. Only such options can prevent an increased accident rate from extra traffic using the Bells Line”, said Mr Muir.

“The tunnel option and upgrading the existing road on the Blue Mountains ' Western Escarpment are less damaging solutions”, Mr Muir said.

“Rejecting the Newnes Corridor also means that the Bells Line Superhighway is much less likely. That fiscally insane ‘super-road' proposal is now dead for the third time,” he said.

For more information contact: Keith Muir , (02) 9261 2400 (wk) or 0412 791 404 (mob)