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Eurobodalla loses the ball on the Princes Highway

The Beagle Editor

Several of our Eurobodalla Councillors as well as Council staff will be, or are intending, to attend the National General Assembly of Local Government in Canberra in June 17 – 20.

Bega Council is proposing to raise the matter about the Princes Highway at the June assembly as the Beagle has been able to announce recently. The Bega submission to the assembly is believed to be advocating the Princes Highway be recognised as a National Highway of Importance in an attempt to attract funding from the Federal Government, to rebuild and improve the Princes Highway apparently from Nowra to the Victorian Border. That’s a very positive step. But what is the Eurobodalla Council doing to support it’s residents in relation to upgrading and rebuilding the Princes Highway within the Eurobodalla Shire that clearly will require town by-passes and a few new bridges.

It’s unfortunate the foresightful and positive Council resolution put forward by Councillor Phil Constable of February 2017 was never adhered to though. His motion called to invite key people at all levels of Government along with Government agencies to a meeting to specifically discuss the long term planning of the Princes Highway including up grades, bypasses and the funding commitment required over the decades to come. It is more than apparent that Shoalhaven to the north and Bega to the south understand the need and they have both been very proactive whereas our council basically dropped the ball when they failed to follow through with the motion begin the serious conversation over a year ago. Our Councillors need ask staff why they didn't progress with the meeting that was called for. They will now, their embarrassment, need to reignite that motion as a matter of urgency. Good thing our local media is on the ball running with Fix the Bloody Highway and Fix it Now campaigns.

Allan Brown

BVSC crash tackles the ESC with a embarrassing thud gathering the ball and ending the play with an uncontested 45m run to the General Assembly of Local Government touchline.


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