The Blackheath Highway Action Group (‘BAG’) is an incorporated, independent, not for profit community organisation currently focussed on dealing with the latest RMS proposal of the Great Western Highway Duplication from Katoomba, through Medlow Bath and Blackheath.
BAG has over 600 supporters from within the local community and retains and builds constructive relationships with many Blackheath, Blue Mountains and broader NSW organisations. BAG is also a member of the Blackheath Community Alliance.
Through involvement in the Blue Mountains Commuters and Transport Users Association, BAG also participates in the Lachlan Regional Transport Forum, the NSW Commuter Council and the Western Sydney Public Transport Users group.
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The creation of the Blackheath Highway Action Group (BAG) was originally an initiative taken by the Blackheath Area Neighbourhood Centre (BANC), the Blackheath Chamber of Commerce and members of the Blackheath Community.
BAG was established in 2008 in response to the State and Federal Government announcement to upgrade the Great Western Highway between Mount Victoria and Lithgow. Whilst BAG supports proposals that improve safety for road users, issues of particular concern are any proposal that would open up the Great Western Highway to larger trucks (25/6 m B-Doubles and 30m B-Doubles) which would have a negative impact on the whole Blue Mountains community. BAG continues to lobby the NSW and Federal Government to commit to a long term strategy for the movement of freight between Sydney and the Central West that would make better use of existing and planned rail infrastructure (given that the inland rail project for freight transport is underway, connecting the ports of Melbourne and Brisbane, with an Intermodal Hub already completed at Parkes in the Central West).
BAG representatives have included the Blackheath Area Neighbourhood Centre, Blackheath & District Chamber of Commerce, Blackheath Rhododendron Festival, the Blackheath Public School Council, the Blackheath Mount Victoria RSL Sub-branch, the Blackheath Streetscape Group and Friends of Blackheath Pool and Memorial Park.
Since established, BAG has coordinated various submissions on Blue Mountains transport issues and has formed alliances with many groups across the region including the Medlow Bath Action Group, Hartley Highway Action Group, the Mount Victoria Highway Bypass Action Group, the Katoomba Chamber of Commerce and Community Inc., the Blue Mountains Commuters and Transport Users Association, the Blue Mountains Conservation Society, the Association of Concerned Mid Mountains Residents and the Bell Against the Highway Action Group.
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Whilst BAG supports proposals that improve safety for road users, issues of particular concern are any proposal that would open up the Great Western Highway to larger trucks
BAG continues to lobby the NSW and Federal Government to commit to a long term strategy for the movement of freight between Sydney and the Central West that would make better use of existing and planned rail infrastructure