Camden MP Chris Patterson has come out against the proposed route for the Outer Sydney Orbital motorway.
The state government has identified “a recommended land corridor” for an eight-lane motorway and two freight rail lines, which would connect Box Hill in the north and the Hume Motorway, near Menangle in the south, once built.
Mr Patterson said he wanted to see the road built but does not support the current route.
“I support building the new motorway and planning for future – I wish we’d started planning it 30 years ago,” he said.
“However, I do not support the route in its current form, especially the way it cuts through the Camden area.
“Residents have contacted me to discuss the impact it would have on heritage and rural areas.
Now is the time to let the government know what you think.Jai Rowell, Wollondilly MP
“I have been working with government ministers to discuss alternative outcomes.”
Mr Patterson and Wollondilly MP Jai Rowell have urged residents to have their say during the submission period, which closes on June 1.
“I am now taking time to ascertain what could be the best route and what the community thinks,” Mr Rowell said.
“Now is the time to let the government know what you think.
“I have been contacted by residents with various views and people wanting more information.”
Mr Rowell said he would not support or oppose the route until he received more feedback from residents.
Cobbitty resident Jess Simpson created an action group on Facebook for residents to discuss the proposed motorway.
The Outer Sydney Orbital Macarthur Action Group has already amassed nearly 4000 members.
“Only certain people received the notification from the government about the route so it was up to us as a community to spread the word and make sure everyone knew what was being proposed,” Ms Simpson said.
She is concerned about the impact the motorway will have on the area’s historic value and the environment.
Camden Labor candidate and Ellis Lane resident Sally Quinnell helped to organise a recent information meeting for affected residents.
She said the proposed orbital route overlooked the importance of the region’s rural heritage.
“I am just one drop in a massive ocean of people who believe this beautiful farm land has to stay the way it is,” she said.
“Once again south west Sydney is being treated as the poor cousins in Greater Sydney planning.
“Once again there is a lack in understanding of the needs and wants of the people in this area.
“We say that Camden is the birth place of the nation’s wealth and we are in grave danger of losing what makes this region special.”
Ms Simpson has urged residents to talk with neighbours and attend the action group committee meeting on Saturday, April 21 at Camden Civic Centre from 4pm.
Transport for NSW will also hold a drop in session on Tuesday, May 1 at Camden Civic Centre from 6pm.
To see the interactive map visit: collaborativemap.com/WesternSydneyCorridors