Thursday, 03 March 2022

Member for Pittwater Rob Stokes is calling on Northern Beaches councillors to accelerate the Wakehurst Parkway Flood Mitigation Project.

The NSW Government has allocated more than $18 million to implement a series of recommendations for flood control measures along the Middle Creek corridor, which runs adjacent to Wakehurst Parkway.

The funding was secured in the NSW Government’s 2020/21 State Budget and the project options were publically exhibited by Northern Beaches Council in May 2021.

With a new Council elected in December 2021, Councillors must meet to formally approve the progression of the project.

“The studies have been completed and the funding has been secured – let’s get on with it,” Rob Stokes said today.

“There’s no question this project needs to be a key priority of the newly elected council.

“This is one of our community’s most important arterial roads and a concerted effort is needed from all levels of government.

“Like many major projects there are environmental challenges to be worked through – but community safety must come first.

“Council staff have done an excellent job behind the scenes – we now need all the Councillors to get on board and make this an absolute priority.

“For the first time ever we’ve secured the funds and have a plan ready to go. We’ve been talking about this for too long – we need to hit the accelerator,” Rob Stokes said.