In May and June 2012 Roads and Maritime Services consulted local residents to help understand issues and values of importance. The consultation activities included static displays in Burrill Lake, Ulladulla and Nowra, as well as two staffed information sessions in Ulladulla.
Roads and Maritime received 49 submissions during the consultations. Feedback included:
- Broad community support for constructing a new bridge.
- Broad support for removing the existing causeway.
- Concern about the potential impact of changed access arrangements on residents and small businesses on both sides of the bridge.
Further surveys of business operators and shoppers were also conducted in November 2012.
In the first half of 2013 Roads and Maritime determined its favoured option was to replace the existing bridge immediately to the east with a new, higher bridge.
During May and June 2013 Roads and Maritime sought community feedback on the design of its then favoured option in the following ways:
- Through private meetings and conversations with directly affected residential and business landowners and tenants.
- By community update issued to more than 5,000 addresses.
- In emails, telephone calls and written submissions from the wider community.
- During two public community information sessions at the Burrill Lake Community Hall. Through advertisements in the Milton-Ulladulla Times.
- On the Roads and Maritime Services website.
Roads and Maritime collated the feedback received during the first half of 2013 and Roads and Maritime's responses into a community consulation report .
Since mid-2013 Roads and Maritime has been further improving the design taking into account feedback received from the community.
Roads and Maritime has worked hard to accommodate all community driven suggestions and incorporate these into the preferred option, where possible.
What you told us and how we have responded
The major issues raised during this consultation were:
- Concerns about local street access and parking arrangements.
- Improving pedestrian access arrangements.
- Local amenity issues to reduce the impact on businesses.
- The need for good urban design and landscaping.
- Questions about likely noise impacts and mitigation measures.
The feedback table in the June 2013 community consultation report, has been updated to reflect Roads and Maritime's further investigations. This table outlines how community feedback has influenced the project.