While both state and local governments, the Roads and Maritime Service and contractors Haslins celebrated the completion of the $36 million upgrade of the Newell Highway at Trewilga on Friday, one local family feel they have been forgotten.
Melinda Pavey, NSW Minister for Roads Maritime and Freight, was on site to announce the completion of the realignment and five members of the McFadyen family turned up hoping she would give them a few minutes of her time.
With a homemade banner that read “Please help us Minister! We would like a fence!” the family waited to speak to the minister.
Ms Pavey and Alistair Lunn (Western Regional Director of the RMS) spoke with Phil and Robbie before the Minister promised the couple she would drive to their property and have a look for herself, discuss their concerns with Mr Lunn and be in touch with them in the near future.
“The proof will be in the pudding, we’ll just have to wait and see,” Phil said.
“That’s all we wanted, to be able to speak to the Minister and give our side of the story.
“As she said today, there are 2800 movements on the highway a day, a third of those are semi trailers – and still we have no privacy.”
Ms Pavey said she had been advised by her local RMS team that they are in negotiations with the family and she is confident the issues will be able to be worked through.