State Member for Wallsend, Ms Sonia Hornery MP, will today debate a Notice of Motion in the NSW Parliament, calling on the Government to work collaboratively with Newcastle Council and Hunter Water to help deliver the Wallsend Flood Mitigation Plan.
The Notice of Motion notes that the Wallsend community is still feeling the effects of the traumatic flooding of June 2007 which caused 10 popular Nelson Street businesses to close and left 20 affected businesses in doubt.
It urges the Government to work with Newcastle Council and Hunter Water to rebuild the three town bridges and associated infrastructure.
Quotes attributable to Member for Wallsend, Sonia Hornery
“It has been more than 10 years since the Pasha Bulker storm that left hundreds of homes rendered uninhabitable, caused billions of dollars of damage and forced 10 local businesses to close their doors for good.”
“Since then, I have been pushing for much-needed flood mitigation works in Wallsend and I am pleased to be able to say that Newcastle City Council has made great strides towards safeguarding Wallsend against future flood events.”
“However, the replacement of the Tyrrell Street Bridge over Ironbark Creek, identified as the first phase of the flood mitigation works, will mean a significant impost on Newcastle City Council’s budget.”
“They’ve done the work, they’re ready to go ahead, but they shouldn’t have to shoulder the burden alone.”
“It’s time for all stakeholders, including the NSW Government and Hunter Water, to do our part too.”
“I am calling on the Minister for Emergency Services, the Minister for Planning and the Minister for Utilities to come to the table, and engage with Newcastle City Council and Hunter Water to deliver these works.”
“It’s time to get this done for the people of Wallsend.”