Camden Valley Way Upgrade



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SpeakersSpeaker; Corrigan Mr Geoff; Campbell Mr David
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CAMDEN VALLEY WAY UPGRADE
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Mr GEOFF CORRIGAN: My question is directed to the Minister for Transport and Roads. What is the latest information on the Camden Valley Way upgrade?

Mr DAVID CAMPBELL: I thank the member for Camden for his question and for being so alert in the House—most of us on this side of the House expected the next question to come from the Opposition. However, the member for Camden is always on the ball and always advocating for his electorate. One of the key road upgrades in south-western Sydney is the upgrade of Camden Valley Way. The member for Camden has worked extremely hard for these upgrades, and I thank him and acknowledge his hard work. Right now work is taking place to upgrade Camden Valley Way from two lanes to four lanes between Bernera Road and Cowpasture Road. This $60-million project is going well, with work on the upgrade due to finish mid next year. It is great to see the upgrade progressing well, and the member for Camden will be pleased to know that tenders have been called for the construction of the Narellan to Cobbitty section of the Camden Valley Way upgrade.

The next stage of the upgrade will turn Camden Valley Way from a two-lane road into a four-lane divided road between Narellan Road and Cobbitty Road at Harrington Park. The next stage of the project will include an off-road shared pedestrian-cyclist path on the western side, a wide central median between Anderson Road and Cobbitty Road, with landscaping consistent with other upgraded sections of Camden Valley Way and, importantly, bus priority lanes at intersections and new bus bays on each side of Camden Valley Way. This work is part of a combined project to upgrade around 17 kilometres of Camden Valley Way to four lanes. The work on Camden Valley Way is all part of a strategic plan for the south-west. It links into the upgrade of Cowpasture Road and the widening of the F5. This is something the Leader of The Nationals would not know about, whether it comes to south-west Sydney or indeed the rest of the State. He does not know much.

The SPEAKER: Order! Members will cease interjecting.

Mr DAVID CAMPBELL: He cannot even look at pictures properly, as we saw yesterday. Let us examine one of the Opposition's strategic plans for the south-west.

The SPEAKER: Order! I call the member for Blacktown to order. I call the member for Terrigal to order.

Mr DAVID CAMPBELL: They have committed to starting construction on the South West Rail Link when they win office—when they win office! I am sure everyone on the other side of the House has their ticket to Barry's little Liberal Party shindig on 28 March in good old working-class Warrawee.

The SPEAKER: Order! I remind the Minister to refer to members by their correct titles.

Mr DAVID CAMPBELL: With bubbles and quiche to celebrate—wait for it—the last year in Opposition. How arrogant is the Leader of the Opposition, swanning around Sydney doing no work, with no policy and no ideas?

The SPEAKER: Order! I call the member for Willoughby to order for the second time.

Mr DAVID CAMPBELL: He is expecting to simply roll off the couch and into government next year. That is why the member for Willoughby and the member for Manly are counting numbers. I recall another little shindig that John Hewson booked—

The SPEAKER: Order! Government members will come to order.

Mr Malcolm Kerr: Point of order: Standing Order 129. The Minister is a long way from Camden.

The SPEAKER: Order! I will hear further from the Minister.

Mr DAVID CAMPBELL: I well recall another little shindig that John Hewson booked at the Wentworth Hotel some years ago for after an election that did not turn out so well for the Liberals.

Mr Adrian Piccoli: Point of order: Standing Order 129. The question was about Camden, not about fundraising. We are happy to debate fundraising—

The SPEAKER: Order! The member for Murrumbidgee will take a point of order, not debate the matter. I advise the Minister to refer to the question before the House.

Mr DAVID CAMPBELL: I will be back to the south-west very shortly, Mr Speaker. Guess who the State Director of the Liberal Party was for that Hewson shindig? It was Barry O'Farrell. To the Leader of the Opposition I say, beware of hubris. He should have learnt by now that pride cometh before the fall.

The SPEAKER: Order! The member for Willoughby will come to order.

Mr DAVID CAMPBELL: For the record, while the Liberals say they will start building the South West Rail Link when they win office, they missed one little detail. The fact is the Government has already started construction on the South West Rail Link. Last time I checked on construction, on 1 March, when I visited the site with the Premier, the member for Camden and the member for Macquarie Fields, construction was underway, and here are the photos.

The SPEAKER: Order! The Minister will not use a prop in the Chamber.

Mr DAVID CAMPBELL: I can guarantee—

The SPEAKER: Order! The member for Murrumbidgee will resume his seat.

Mr DAVID CAMPBELL: I can guarantee that they are of the right place. They are of south-western Sydney. Construction of the South West Rail Link is underway in south-western Sydney. I was there on 1 March with the Premier and the local members. They are pictures of the construction. They are not pictures of Wyangala Dam or Bundarra.

Mr Adrian Piccoli: Point of order: Standing Order 129—relevance. We want to see the photos. We want to know they are accurate photos.

The SPEAKER: Order! The member for Murrumbidgee will resume his seat.

Mr DAVID CAMPBELL: This is an accurate photo—Wyangala Dam and Bundarra are 656 kilometres apart!

      The SPEAKER: Order! Government members will come to order. The Minister will not use a prop in the Chamber.

      Mr DAVID CAMPBELL: These photos show construction on the South West Rail Link. They are not photos of the remaining 2 per cent of people who support The Nationals. The member for Oxley and the Leader of the Opposition have no strategic plans; in fact, they have no plans at all. All they have are glib one-liners. The New South Wales Government, right now, has the Camden Valley Way upgrade under construction, the Cowpasture Road upgrade under construction, the F5 widening under construction and the South West Rail Link under construction.