Upper Hunter Shire Council and the Scone Chamber of Commerce and Industry are continuing to lobby for changes to the Roads and Maritime Service (RMS) current design for the Scone bypass and overpass.
Mayor Wayne Bedggood, General Manager Waid Crockett and Chamber of Commerce President Ben Wyndham met with the Hon Joel Fitzgibbon, Member for the Hunter, about the issue last week.
Cr Bedggood said the meeting with the Mr Fitzgibbon was positive.
“We outlined Council and the Chamber’s concerns about the current designs,” Cr Bedggood said.
“Joel Fitzgibbon realises the importance of getting an overpass over the rail line and getting it quickly. He understands that our primary concern is emergency vehicle access across the rail line and that we also wish to remove heavy vehicles from within the CBD to improve safety and amenity.”
“As the local member and Shadow Minister for Rural Affairs, he is in a position to raise these issues at a federal level, and the project is being jointly funded by the state and federal governments.”
“We are still pressuring for improvements made to the RMS design.”
Mr Wyndham said the Chamber are still actively communicating with the RMS about the Scone Bypass.
“The RMS are currently conducting a survey of Scone businesses and we have had some success in getting changes made to how that occurred,” Mr Wyndham said.
“It is critical for business that in planning for the bypass, the impact on passing trade is considered and mitigated to the greatest possible extent.”
Cr Bedggood said Council was also engaged in a Town Revitalisation planning process that would consider the final bypass designs.
Caption: Upper Hunter Shire Mayor Wayne Bedggood, Scone Chamber of Commerce and Industry President Ben Wyndham, Member for the Hunter Joel Fitzgibbon and Council General Manager Waid Crockett.