Newsletter 1

10th February 2023

Thank you for taking the time to read our first Newsletter.

The Richmond Bridge Traffic Action Group (RBTAG) has been formed after growing concern across the Hawkesbury over Transport for NSW’s proposed ‘Richmond Bridge and Traffic Improvement’ project. RBTAG is an impartial community group dedicated to lobbying and holding to account Transport for NSW and the NSW State Government, to deliver the best outcome with the lowest impacts that will meet the objectives of the Hawkesbury Community and be of benefit to our towns.

The repercussions of this project in the Hawkesbury are large and broad to road users, residents, local businesses, aboriginal and non-aboriginal heritage, sporting clubs and facilities, religious groups, aged care and education facilities, as an example of some.

To achieve the best outcome, this community group was established to act as ONE VOICE on behalf of our Hawkesbury Community, and we are committed to keeping you informed.

We cannot allow the typical “divide and conquer” approach by TfNSW to occur in our community allowing another failed project in the Hawkesbury. The NSW Government and Transport for NSW must respect the Hawkesbury and its history and not ignore what the community has to say.

Our working group is focused on the following issues:

  • True Travel Time Analysis
  • Social Impacts
  • Hawkesbury Heritage and Environment
  • Economic Impact on Local Businesses
  • Flood Resilience Levels
  • Crash Reductions and Road Safety
  • Noise, Vibration and Emission
  • Visual Impacts
  • Hidden Cost of Living Increases to the Community

We have commenced engagement and held meetings with the current Local, State and Federal Government elected representatives as well as the NSW State Opposition Leader and other Hawkesbury State Election Candidates.

With the NSW State Election being held on Saturday, 25th March 2023, the time for action is NOW. Together we CAN make a difference.

Join us through our various means of communication which have been established to allow all community members the ability to be informed and voice their concerns.

Thank you again for your time, we look forward to hearing from you and providing you with future updates.

Matt Parkes
Director of Consultation and Communications
Richmond Bridge Traffic Action Group






2 responses to “Newsletter 1”

  1. Ron Fuller Avatar
    Ron Fuller

    Thank you for the letterbox flyer

  2. Chris Pridham Avatar
    Chris Pridham

    Thanks too for the letterbox flyer, fantastic to see someone with the gumption to tackle this issue objectively instead of succumbing to the TfNSW whitewash. It sure does seem to irrational to ignore the opportunity to provide a flood proof crossing of the river, allowing the flood plain district to function during flooding, and to waste a half billion dollars in the process. Every other town that becomes clogged by through-traffic that I can think of has been bypassed, and the town has flourished (e.g. Dubbo, Goulburn, Taree, Berri, Forbes, Parkes), why wouldn’t we grab that opportunity here and let the Hawkesbury region flourish too, even when it’s flooded?

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