Fed­eral Mem­ber for Berowra Hon Ju­lian Leeser MP

Hills to Hawkesbury Living Magazine - - Local Politics -

Laughton­dale Gully Road Re­opened

On 6 Novem­ber, I was very pleased to join lo­cal res­i­dents and Mayor of Hornsby, Coun­cil­lor the Hon Philip Rud­dock, to re­open Laughton­dale Gully Road.

Laughton­dale Gully Road runs be­tween Old North­ern Road and Sin­gle­ton Road. It pro­vides im­por­tant lo­cal ac­cess routes to and from the Laughton­dale and Sin­gle­tons Mill ar­eas. It is also an im­por­tant emer­gency ac­cess route, par­tic­u­larly in the event of bush­fire and floods.

Laughton­dale res­i­dents came to me not long af­ter I was elected, rais­ing con­cerns re­gard­ing de­lays in re­pair­ing Laughton­dale Gully Road, which was closed to lo­cal traf­fic. I re­peat­edly met with Coun­cil to push for the road to be re­paired. I am de­lighted that the Coun­cil was re­spon­sive and that Laughton­dale Gully Road has been re­opened, just in time for a busy sum­mer. This is an im­por­tant ex­am­ple of the com­mu­nity work­ing to­gether to get re­sults.

When I first vis­ited Laughton­dale in 2016, lo­cal res­i­dents told me I was the first pub­lic of­fi­cial to hold a meet­ing there since Gov­er­nor Mac­quarie gave pub­lic ap­proval to Solomon Wise­man to op­er­ate the ferry. Not be­ing a lo­cal his­to­rian, I can’t com­ment on the ac­cu­racy of that state­ment but I am de­lighted to be back in Laughton­dale again to­day.

NBN/Tel­stra

I was pleased to wel­come Tel­stra to Ar­ca­dia for a com­mu­nity check-in day on Wed­nes­day, 25 Oc­to­ber. It was an ex­tremely well at­tended day with more than 50 lo­cal res­i­dents meet­ing with the Tel­stra team one-on-one to have their ser­vices and ac­counts re­viewed.

An im­por­tant out­come was giv­ing Tel­stra a de­tailed overview of the ex­tent of is­sues fac­ing lo­cal res­i­dents.

Ac­cess to re­li­able, high qual­ity telecom­mu­ni­ca­tions is es­sen­tial, whether for fam­i­lies or small busi­nesses. I know that some com­mu­ni­ties across the elec­torate strug­gle to gain re­li­able ser­vices for mo­bile phones and the in­ter­net. I am con­tin­u­ing to work hard to im­prove ser­vices for lo­cal res­i­dents.

Ju­lian Leeser with Wise­mans Ferry res­i­dents, Nicky Alexan­der and Dorothy Bell

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