The NSW Government has stepped back from a commitment to complete the Mona Vale Road upgrade.

The upgrade of Mona Vale Road West was funded by the Perrottet Government with a $340m commitment in last year’s NSW budget. Since coming to power in March 2023, the Minns Government has implemented a strategic review of infrastructure projects, including those for which funding had already been allocated.

The news that the previously committed project is now under a cloud was revealed by a question in Parliament from the Member for Pittwater Rory Amon to the NSW Minister for Roads John Graham.

The response to Mr Amon’s question said that while detailed design for work between McCarrs Creek Road, Terrey Hills and Powderworks Road, Ingleside would continue, the project itself was now under review.

Head-on collision at Mona Vale Road, Ingleside

A head-on collision on that stretch of road last week (Thursday, 10 August) caused traffic chaos and trapped a couple in their 70s who were taken to hospital in a serious condition (image above). Mona Vale Road remained closed for six hours as a result of the collision.

Boat collides with car at Ingleside

A month prior (Sunday, 09 July), Mona Vale Road was again closed for over six hours when a boat came off a trailer on the same stretch of road, badly damaging an oncoming utility in a head-on collision (image above) and trapping the occupants, including a 51-year-old female passenger, and a 53-year-old male driver who had to be cut free by firefighters and taken to hospital in a serious condition.

Rory Amon speaking in NSW Parliament

Mr Amon (image above) said the move to place the already funded project under review meant it was likely the Minns Government was going to announce its cancellation, leaving the community at risk on one of the Northern Beaches most dangerous stretches of road.

“I have written to the Minns Government multiple times seeking meetings and advice on the status of the Mona Vale Road project. Those requests have been ignored and no response provided. It is beyond disappointing that basic courtesies and Pittwater are being ignored by the Minns Government.

“It is concerning that despite funding already having been allocated to the project, the Minns Government have refused to commit to the Mona Vale Road West upgrade. Instead, they seem set to cancel the project with their secret review despite its clear benefits.

“The Minns Government has promised to govern for all of NSW, and the upcoming budget will be a test of this promise. I have asked that the Roads Minister and Treasurer help protect our community, by ensuring the Labor Government commit to the upgrade of Mona Vale Road West. I will continue to advocate for this vital project to proceed,” said Mr Amon.

Mona Vale Road

The Northern Beaches Advocate contacted Minister Graham’s office, who referred the query to Transport for NSW, who confirmed the previously approved project was now under review.

“The NSW Government is doing a comprehensive and independent Strategic Infrastructure Review of the State’s infrastructure capital program.

“The review will identify projects and programs that can proceed to investment and delivery and those that can be delayed, re-sequenced, re-scoped or re-prioritised.

“Review findings and recommendations will be delivered to support the 2023-2024 NSW State budget. The proposed upgrade of Mona Vale Road (West) is being considered as part of this review,” said a Transport for NSW spokesperson.

The 2023-2024 NSW State budget is due to be delivered on Tuesday, 19 September 2023.

Images: Northern Beaches Advocate, NSW RFS — Terrey Hills Rural Fire Brigade

 

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