by Anna Watson

Member for Shellharbour, Anna Watson MP, has this week launched a petition asking local residents to support her call to the NSW Government to deliver much needed improvements to the M1 Princes Motorway at Dapto.

“Over the coming days, a petition pack will be delivered to residents of the Shellharbour electorate, asking them to support my call to the NSW Government to build on and off ramps at Dapto, giving residents much-needed direct access to and from the M1.” Said Ms Watson.

There is currently no way of accessing the M1 motorway southbound, or exiting northbound without first travelling through the Dapto CBD or through residential areas, significantly increasing traffic congestion and travel times for residents.

“A huge amount of traffic passes through and leaves Dapto each day, with significant delays experienced throughout the entirety of the area. With a projected 50,000 further residents expected to settle in the West Dapto area, residents must be given direct access to and from the M1 motorway as a matter of priority.” Said Ms Watson.

This petition pack contains a letter to residents highlighting the need for these upgrades, the petition itself, and a reply-paid envelope which residents can use to return their petition to Ms Watson’s office, free of charge. No stamp is required.

“If residents would like additional copies of the petition, or perhaps they live outside of the Shellharbour electorate and would like to sign, these can be picked up from my office or mailed out upon request.” Said Ms Watson.

“I urge anyone that lives in the area, visits Dapto or knows someone that does to sign this petition. If it reaches 10,000 signatures, it will be eligible for debate in the NSW Parliament.”

“Residents have gone too long without direct access to the M1, it’s time that the Government recognises how much congestion and delay is caused by their refusal to improve road access in this area.” Said Ms Watson.