Council demands action on Heathcote Road after death of schoolteacher and father-of-four

A father-of-four and Wollondilly Anglican College teacher with "a larger than life personality" and "a passion which reflected his joy of living" is the latest victim of the notorious Heathcote Road.

Peter Hazlewood, 40, of Engadine, was killed on Sunday night last week in a head-on crash about 500 metres west of the Princes Highway intersection, just below Forum Drive.

Mr Hazlewood is the sixth motorist to be killed on the horror road since 2015. More than a dozen have died over the last 10 years.

The latest tragedy sparked a call to action at the Sutherland Shire Council meeting on Monday night.

The council will seek an urgent meeting with the Minister for Transport and Roads Andrew Constance, Roads and Maritime Services officials and state MPs.

An assurance will be sought that an upgrade of the entire road, including duplication of Woronora River Bridge, will be given the highest priority.

Deputy Mayor Steve Simpson said, "If we offered that road to some third world country, they would say, 'You are joking', but we accept it".

Mr Hazlewood, who was married to Emily and father to Kiara, Elijah, Elliana and Malachi, will be farewelled tomorrow at a service at Menai Anglican Church.

Mr Hazlewood was a teacher and pastoral care coordinator at Wollondilly Anglican College, where he also coached Oztag.

Peter Hazlewood was described as a larger than life personality who lived his life with a passion which reflected his joy of living. Picture: Facebook

Peter Hazlewood was described as a larger than life personality who lived his life with a passion which reflected his joy of living. Picture: Facebook

Headmaster Stuart Quarmby said staff and students were deeply affected by Mr Hazlewood's death.

"Peter was many things to many people - a colleague, teacher, friend, mentor, husband, father, brother, son, a father figure and a successful coach of the staff Oztag team," Dr Quarmby said.

"As staff and students have reflected over the last few days on his life as we knew him, it is evident that even though we have identified the important roles Peter played, he was much more than this.

"Peter had a larger than life personality and he lived his life with a passion which reflected his joy of living.

"This joy came from his relationships with people, but particularly his relationship with God and his acceptance of Jesus in his life.

"Through his prayerfulness, warmth, humour, wisdom, integrity and care of others Peter had a deep and lasting influence on the lives of the students, staff and many parents at the college."

Premier Gladys Berejiklian promised in the lead-up to this year's election the government would spend $173 million upgrading Heathcote Road.

A modest start was made in this year's budget with only $4 million allocated for work in Woronora River Bridge and approaches at Engadine, and $7.6 million towards duplicating the road between Voyager Point and Hammondville.

RMS has rejected calls for the Woronora River Bridge to be duplicated, and instead proposes to widen it, but there will still be only one lane in each direction.

Holsworthy MP Melanie Gibbons told Parliament after previous accidents one third of all fatalities in Sutherland Shire occurred on Heathcote Road.

In 2015, former paramedic and Heathcote resident Pat Kennedy led a campaign to have the road upgraded, which led to some government action.

''RMS figures show, between 2006 and 2010, a total of 115 people were injured on the 6km stretch between Princes Highway and New Illawarra Road,'' Mr Kennedy said at the time.

''Between 2006 and 2010, there were 138 crashes, with 88 of them crashes involving two or more vehicles.

''Ten per cent of all crashes were head-on collisions while not overtaking.''

Cr Simpson said if Heathcote Road was in any other part of Sydney it would have been "fixed" years ago.

"I have been on the council for 25 years and I remember all the promises,"he said.

"Writing letters is not getting us anywhere. We have been ignored."

Cr Michael Forshaw said the eastern end of Heathcote Road was "an absolute disgrace and governments of all persuasions should be condemned".

"I find it so frustrating to see billions and billions of dollars being put into new motorways and light rail while people are being killed every year on Heathcote Road".

Cr Kent Johns said state MPs Lee Evans and Melanie Gibbons [Cr Johns' partner] were passionate about getting the road upgraded, but there were a lot of logistical restrictions.

"There is no quick fix, but it is urgently required," he said.

A GoFundMe campaign was launched to support the Hazlewood family. More than $17,500 was raised in just over 24 hours.

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