ANDERSON SAYS NO TO CHAFFEY WESTERN FORESHORE ROAD CLOSURE
Member for Tamworth Kevin Anderson has met with over 20 concerned residents regarding plans to close the Western Foreshore Road at Chaffey Dam.
Mr Anderson said due to the Chaffey Dam Upgrade, parts of the Western Foreshore Road would be underwater when the dam is at full capacity. As a result State Water and Tamworth Regional Council will be requesting that the road be closed.
“This potential road closure would cause significant problems for surrounding residents and businesses and those who met with me, stated very clearly that it would harm their businesses, and impact on their daily lives and they did not want it closed,” Mr Anderson said.
“The talk of closing this road has happened because in 2012 Water NSW was looking to save money on the Chaffey Dam upgrade and asked Council, as the local roads authority, to support the partial closure of the Western Foreshore road, instead of redirecting the road and building a bridge. Council agreed to this but this plan will restrict access for landholders.
“This is a serious issue and I am concerned about it, because these farmers and businesses that operate around Nundle, Woolomin and Chaffey Dam would not come into town in the middle of the day if it was not important.
"I cannot support completely closing the road and causing a major inconvenience to this community. This road and the access mean a lot to these people. They outlined a number of reasons including not having an alternate or choice of two ways to exit the region in case of fire.
“I have already had discussions with the Acting Mayor Councillor Russell Web and urged him to listen to their concerns, and come up with a solution, Water NSW and Tamworth Regional Council need to fix this problem.”