NRMA’s worst roads of NSW report

Some not so surprising results from a recent survey performed by NRMA.

Recently the motoring association conducted a survey to ask what the worst road in NSW was.  More than 12 000 motorists took part in the survey, with results coming in as follows:

  1. Pacific Highway at Coffs Harbour
  2. Pennant Hills Road at Pennant Hills
  3. Parramatta Road at Concord
  4. Princes Highway at Albion Park
  5. Barton Highway at Murrumbateman
  6. Kings Highway at Braidwood
  7. Bucketts Way at Allworth
  8. M5 Motorway at Revesby
  9. Narellan Road at Campbelltown
  10. M4 Western Motorway at Granville

Another road frequented by locals in the macarthur region also appears in the list, being the M5 coming in at number 8.

It’s not the first time Narellan Rd has been voted this way. In 2013, it was named Macarthur’s worst road , and in 2012 voted the worst road in South West Sydney, again by a survey by the NRMA.

Unfortunately things won’t get better for a while with roadworks only recently started on Narellan Road (see our other post here), but fingers crossed will be better once completed.

What do you think? Should it be further up the list. Leave a comment below.

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    Camden Festival

    Time again for the annual Camden Festival – running from 13th September through to the 28 September this year.

    The program of events this year is as follows:


    Sat 13th – Cinema Under The Stars

    The Australian Botanic Garden, Mount Annan

    6.15pm – Frozen (G)

    8pm  – Saving Mr Banks (PG)

    Gates open 5pm, and entry is free


    Sun 14th – Picnic in the Park

    Macarthur Park, Menangle Road, Camden

    10am to 3pm


    Wed 17th – Kids Fun Day

    Curry Reserve, Elderslie

    10am to 2pm


    Wed 17th – Camden CWA Open Day – Doll Display and Devonshire Tea

    Camden CWA Room, Lower Argyle Street, Camden

    10am – 4pm


    Thurs 18th – Youth Movie Night

    United Cinemas Narellan

    From 6pm

    Movie has been confirmed as Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.


    Friday 19th – Twilight Markets

    Macarthur Centre for Sustainable Living

    1 Mount Annan Drive, Mount Annan

    5pm – 8pm


    Sat 20th and Sun 21st – Camden Rotary Relay for Life

    Camden Showground, Onslow Oval, Camden.

    From 9am


    Sat 20th and Sun 21st – Camden Park House and Garden Open Weekend

    Elizabeth Macarthur Avenue, Camden

    Sat: 12pm – 4pm

    Sun: 10am – 4pm


    Sat 27th – Youth Streetwise Skateboarding Clinic

    Kirkham Skate Park, Hilder Street, Elderslie

    10am – 12pm


    Sun 28th – ‘TASTE’ Food, Wine & Music Festival

    Camden Town Farm, Exeter street, Camden

    12pm – 5pm


    For more details and the official guide, visit the Camden Festival website.


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      EMHS Carnival

      Don’t forget the Lizzie Mac carnival on at Elizabeth Macarthur  High School  again today!

      In case you missed it last night, it is open from 3pm to 10pm.

      As you can see below, there are plenty or rides to cater for everyone…..








      Update: some pics below of the fireworks from tonight




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        A Wet August

        August of this year, not only being the last winter month, also brought some long overdue and welcome rain to the Mount Annan and Sydney basin area.

        The first half of the month was moisture free, but on the 18th August over 1/10 of the year’s rainfall to date fell (78mm). This ended up being around half the total month’s rainfall in August

        It’s amazing how much difference a bit of rain makes to the area. As you can see from the two pics below, we needed the rain and now grass is starting to turn green in time for spring.

        The first was taken two days before the rain, and the second one was taken earlier this week. This is from the botanical gardens looking west over Mount Annan.






        For more detail on weather statistics, check out the Bureau of Meteorology website , or stats taken from a weather station of a local resident here.

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          High Rise Development in Mount Annan

          Camden Council received a proposal of the construction of a 4 storey multi dwelling housing development at 1-5 Main Street, Mount Annan at the beginning of August.

          From the council website, the proposed development includes:

          • Construction of 256 units across 9 precincts (these units comprise of 2, 3 and 4 bedroom units) with a mix of 8 unit types;
          • The mix of units are 50% x 2 bedroom units, 38% x 3 bedroom units and 12% x 4 bedroom units;
          • The development will occur across 2 separate stages. Stage 1 incorporates 164 units and Stage 2 incorporates 92 units;
          • Provision of a total of 550 car parking spaces (this includes both on and off street car parking) and is across a two level car park; and
          • Provision of landscaping, acoustic attenuation measures and associated site works.

          Annanvale circuit is the road that runs along the ‘newer carpark’ at Mount Annan marketplace, with the development area being the space that the circus normally occupies when in Mount Annan (see pics below).




          annanvalecircuit looking west 2011


          The development has caused a stir with local residents, according to the Camden Advertiser , the two main points being the building height (4 storey) and the extra traffic to a existing choking local precinct.

          For more detailed inforamtion, check out the site plans and elevation as well as the photo montage on the Camden Council website. The montage is quite interesting as it shows the development taking up that whole block of (currently) vacant land, with it predominatly ‘facing’ Mount Annan marketplace.

          The DA is open for exhibition until 27th October 2014.

          What do you think of the proposed high rise development? Is it a good for the area? How much will much the traffic be affected? Leave a comment below.

          Update 4th Sept. – Received in the mail today from the council were details of the proposed development, along with a one page spread of the photo montage. From memory, I have never received such mail from the council in the 15 years I have been living in the area.  Mind you, I’m not complaining – I think it’s a good idea to involve the community.

          Update 10th September – There will be a public meeting at Birriwa Reserve Clubhouse on Sunday September 14 (3pm).

          All local residents are urged to attend.

          Mayor Lara Symkowiak and Liberal MP Chris Patterson will be in attendance. Hopefully the developer will be in attendance also.

          Update 24th September - Camden Council have erected two signs on the proposed site of the development:


          For more detailed info and updates, check out the Facebook Group that has been created relating to the development proposal.


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