Update: Proposed Grose River Bridge Crossing

I am writing to advise you of recent changes to the delivery process for the proposed Grose River bridge crossing. Unfortunately, due to delays in the planning approval process beyond our control, we will not be delivering the proposed Grose River bridge crossing. Instead, we will make a $23.8 million contribution to Roads and Maritime Services (RMS), so that RMS and Council can determine the most efficient way to deliver the bridge.

Why has this decision been made?

We have not taken this decision lightly, but we have expended considerable time and resources seeking approval for the proposed bridge.

Plans for the proposed bridge crossing were developed in 2010 and have previously been supported by Council and the NSW Government on multiple occasions. In 2015, we lodged an application to Council seeking development approval for the bridge.

In the period preceding the lodgement of the development application for the bridge, Council rezoned the land where the bridge was to be located, prohibiting its development.

As the bridge passes through public open space, it is a requirement to amend a Plan of Management (POM) to allow the proposed road/bridge. The process to amend the POM is lengthy and has not commenced.

This has led to considerable uncertainty surrounding the approval of our application and, the timing, should approval be granted.

Does this mean the bridge will not go ahead?

Council is best placed to proceed with delivering the bridge as they have more control than Redbank over the planning and delivery process. By making the monetary contribution, the bridge is more likely to be delivered, and sooner.

By making a financial contribution now, Redbank is maximising its contribution – as all costs involved in seeking approval are deducted from that amount. This approach will also provide greater certainty and flexibility to both Council and RMS in delivery of the bridge.

Council can also explore other options not considered when drafting the Voluntary Planning Agreement, including other locations for the bridge that may have fewer environmental impacts and/or costs.

Moving Forward

If you have a strong interest in seeing this bridge delivered, we encourage you to contact your elected Councillor and/or State Member and request that they prioritise the delivery of this critical piece of infrastructure. Their details are as follows:

Hon. Dominic Perrottet MP, Member for Hawkesbury - (02) 45780300 or email hawkesbury@parliament.nsw.gov.au

Hawkesbury City Council - (02) 4560 4444 or email council@hawkesbury.nsw.gov.au

North Richmond Joint Venture
PO Box 1918
Penrith NSW 2750
www.redbankrichmond.com.au