Briggs and McNamara open the new Ridgeway

Media Release

JB014/2015

27 February 2015

Joint release with:

Karen McNamara

Federal Member for Dobell

In less than twelve months, local residents have seen the Ridgeway transformed from ‘pot-hole alley’ into a safer road and smoother ride for motorists.

The Assistant Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development Jamie Briggs joined the Federal Member for Dobell, Mrs Karen McNamara, to officially open the newly upgraded Ridgeway.

“For too long local residents had to endure a bumpy ride along the Ridgeway,” Mrs McNamara said.

“I'm pleased that the Government has delivered upon our $2.4 million commitment to upgrade this heavily used local road.

“The Ridgeway is a classic example of where our local infrastructure has not kept up with population growth. With Lisarow rapidly growing, an increasing number of local motorists are using the Ridgeway to get from our inland suburbs to our coastal suburbs.

“The road had become unsafe and extremely dangerous in wet conditions. These works have significantly improved the condition of the road and will allow safer journeys.

“Last year I welcomed Minister Briggs to inspect ‘pot-hole alley’ and stressed the need for these works to be completed as quickly as possible. I would like to thank Wyong Shire Council for partnering with the Federal Government to deliver these works.”

Assistant Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development Jamie Briggs said the opening of the Ridgeway is another example of the Australian Government delivering for Dobell.

“The Australian Government's record investments in infrastructure are building better roads, from upgrades such as the $2.4 million Ridgeway to the NorthConnex project,” Minister Briggs said.

The upgrade of the Ridgeway delivers on an election commitment to the electorate of Dobell.

The $2.4 million investment is part of over $72 million of projects and programmes delivered by Karen McNamara in the seat of Dobell in the last 17 months.