Roads Petition launched with resident who’s been fighting for an upgrade since 1983

Thursday, 12 April 2018

Federal Member for Robertson Lucy Wicks officially launched a major Local Roads Petition in East Gosford with a Central Coast resident who’s been fighting for an upgrade to his street for more than three decades.

Mrs Wicks joined with residents of Lushington Street, East Gosford, including Ken Campbell who’s been requesting that Council install kerb and guttering on his street since his first letter to the then Gosford City Council on 29 April 1983.

“Wherever I am on the Central Coast, I keep hearing about the poor state of our local roads. Whether it’s in Empire Bay, Davistown, Saratoga, on the Peninsula and beyond – there are many locations where the community is demanding an urgent fix,” Mrs Wicks said.

“Here in East Gosford, Ken and his neighbours have written to various Council, State and Federal representatives over many years. While he’s almost always received a polite reply, there’s been no action except for a ‘slow point’ being added to help slow down the hundreds of cars that travel up and down Lushington Street each day.

“We know that there’s a huge backlog of road projects on the Coast – but I share Ken’s frustration that after 35 years of writing, he appears no closer to reaching a solution.

“My message to Ken, and people across my electorate, is that if you agree that it’s time for Central Coast Council to take a closer look at your street, please sign our Local Roads Petition and ask all your neighbours to do the same.

“Send it back, and I’ll fight for you.”

Mrs Wicks said there had already been significant progress on roads the Coalition committed to addressing at the last election.

“Construction’s underway on road upgrades at Oceano Street in Copacabana, Ryans Road at Umina Beach, Davis Street at Booker Bay and at the dangerous intersection of Langford Drive and Woy Woy Road at Kariong.

“I look forward to hearing from more residents on Lushington Street, and across the region, and working with Central Coast Council and the Federal Government to fight for more funding to deliver safer roads across our community,” Mrs Wicks said.

Ken Campbell said that he has felt ignored by the Central Coast Council for decades. 

“Safety issues, lack of infrastructure, poor drainage, speeding vehicles, difficult property access, limited on street parking, noise pollution and road rage are some of the issues that have affected us as residents of Lushington Street,” said Mr Campbell.

“I do remember being present when my father had a meeting with the Council in the early 1960s, and he was told not to worry because the kerb and guttering would be fixed in a couple of years,” said Mr Campbell.

You can sign the petition via this link

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