August 2021 – Stephen Caswell/Michael Pagg – Great Western Highway Duplication

TRANSPORT FOR NSW is now investigating the feasibility of combining tunnels under Blackheath and Mt Victoria into one 11KM Tunnel from Evans Lookout Road to Little Hartley.  Residents have asked the NSW government to extend that to a 19km tunnel    from Katoomba to Little Hartley, bypassing Medlow Bath as well.

The Guest Speakers are Stephen Caswell, President of Medlow Bath Action Group and Michael Paag – Secretary, Blackheath Area Community Alliance who will explain what they see as the advantages of this extension as well as detailing the history of the proposal.  The advantages they intend to discuss are: 
1. An improvement of the flow of through traffic travelling between the Central West and the Sydney Basin.
2. Prevention of the significant detrimental impact of a four-lane highway through Medlow Bath
3. Provision of a much-needed alternative emergency access road for the Upper Mountains.
4. Freeing the present highway for development as a tourist drive between Katoomba and Hartley to the benefit of all the Upper Mountains villages.

June 2021 – Lieutenant Colonel Nicholas Wilson

LTCOL Wilson is deployed as the Chief of Staff (COS) Advisor in the Kabul General Garrison Command Advisor Team (KGGC-AT) on Operation Highroad – Australia’s contribution to the NATO-led Resolute Support Mission in Afghanistan. KGGC is responsible for more than 25,000 troops comprising Afghanistan’s three pillars: the Afghan National Army, Afghan National Police and Defence
Intelligence Directorate.

Since childhood Nicholas dreamt of becoming an officer: proud of his family’s history of service in the World Wars he joined the cadets as soon as he could. In 1995 he finished year 12 and immediately entered service and was awarded a scholarship at the Australian Defence Force Academy.

After 20 years of service as an Artillery Officer, LTCOL Wilson decided to give civilian life a go, working with the Tasmanian Fire Service and the SES as Acting State Director. Despite enjoying his civilian role, he missed the unique aspects of service life  and returned to full-time Army in February 2017.

His next job will be as the Commanding Officer to the School of Artillery in Puckapunyal.

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