Mayor's Message | United support for crucial bridge funding

Business and political leaders came out in force last Friday in support of Lake Macquarie City Council’s funding campaign for the Pennant Street Bridge.

The united display sent a strong message to the State Government about the importance regional leaders place on this infrastructure project. 

The Pennant Street Bridge is a crucial stage of the Lake Macquarie Transport Interchange (LMTI) that will provide the ‘missing link’ between Glendale and Cardiff, linking the two suburbs across the Main Northern Railway Line.

The bridge will vastly improve traffic flow in the area and provide access to thousands of hectares of land for housing, commercial and industrial development.

For people already living and working in the area, this will mean quicker, safer and more convenient journeys between suburbs, with fewer traffic lights to navigate and an easing of congestion at bottlenecks like the Crossroads and Lake Road roundabout.

For families looking to move into the area, it will provide the promise of new homes in a highly affordable area with great lifestyle attributes – minutes from the lake and convenient to shopping centres, schools, parks and sports fields.

New business and industrial investors will be attracted to what is already the Hunter’s second-largest employment zone by the by the lure of fresh commercial land in an area with direct links to national road and rail routes and a skilled workforce at the ready.

Friday’s business lunch in Newcastle, hosted by the Hunter Chapter of the Property Council of Australia, was a chance to promote the many benefits of the project ahead of the State Budget next month. Council hopes to secure $13million from the NSW Government to help build the Pennant Street Bridge, a pledge which, if matched by the Federal Government, could see it built within two years.

Council has produced a short video to help people visualise the transformational changes the LMTI project could bring to Glendale, Cardiff and surrounding areas. You can watch it on Council’s website at lakemac.com.au/transport-interchange.

While visiting the page, you can also add your voice to the funding campaign. Simply click on the tile headed ‘Show Your Support – Pennant Street Bridge’ and fill in the online form to send a supportive message straight to the Premier, Gladys Berejiklian.

Cr Kay Fraser, Mayor of Lake Macquarie

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