M5-M7 Interchange

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SubjectsEx-Servicemen; Roads; Governors
SpeakersFazio The Hon Amanda; Roozendaal The Hon Eric
BusinessQuestions Without Notice

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    The Hon. AMANDA FAZIO: My question is addressed to the Minister for Roads. Can the Minister update the House on the renaming of the M5-M7 interchange?

    The Hon. ERIC ROOZENDAAL: I thank the honourable member for her question. On 8 November I announced that the M7-M5 motorway interchange would be named after Sir Roden Cutler, VC. A special ceremony marked the event with the dedication made by Her Excellency Professor Marie Bashir, the Governor of New South Wales. A rest area owned by Liverpool City Council has also been named after Sir Roden. Sir Roden Cutler was a former Governor of New South Wales and the only Australian artilleryman to have been awarded the Victoria Cross. In recognition of his life, the M7-M5 interchange and a rest area at Ash Road, Prestons, have been dedicated in his honour. The M7-M5 is a major interchange on the Sydney motorway network and it is appropriate that such a local landmark should be named in honour of this State's longest-serving Governor. This is an initiative of the Roads and Traffic Authority and the Remembrance Driveway Committee, which manages the Remembrance Driveway Program. Remembrance Driveway, between Sydney and Canberra, is a memorial for those who served as members of the Australian Defence Forces during and since the Second World War.

    The Hon. Charlie Lynn: It is a memorial to your incompetence!

    The Hon. ERIC ROOZENDAAL: I am shocked by the disrespect the honourable member is showing to Sir Roden Cutler and this dedication. Selected rest area sites along Remembrance Driveway commemorate individual Victoria Cross winners. Before this month's ceremony, Sir Roden was the only deceased New South Wales Victoria Cross recipient from the Second World War not to have a memorial dedicated to him on Remembrance Driveway. Sir Roden was a remarkable man. The extraordinary bravery that earned him his Victoria Cross is legendary. Throughout his life, both public and private, he demonstrated qualities we should all strive for: selflessness, courage, co-operation, responsibility, fair-mindedness, community service, integrity and respect.

    I represented the Premier at the dedication earlier this month, where I spoke of how Sir Roden was an inspirational role model for all young Australians. Representatives of the Cutler family joined us, as did many of Sir Roden's friends, colleagues and former staff. I especially thank Liverpool City Council, which allowed the construction of the rest area in part of its playing fields. Sir Roden Cutler was awarded the Victoria Cross in Sydney by the Governor General of Australia, Lord Gowrie VC, on 11 June 1942 for his exceptional courage against the enemy in Syria in June 1941.

    After the Second World War, Sir Roden had a successful career in the diplomatic service, including as High Commissioner to New Zealand between 1946 and 1952, as Ambassador to the Netherlands from 1965 to 1966 and as Delegate to the United Nations General Assembly in 1963 and 1964. Between 1966 and 1981 he served as Governor of New South Wales. He was the longest-serving appointee to that office. The present Governor noted that when she was appointed one of the first phone calls she took was from Sir Roden Cutler. I was honoured to have taken part in this ceremony to commemorate the life of this truly remarkable Australian.