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May 8, 2018 by admin

This way: Casula Powerhouse director Kiersten Fishburn at the new access road on Shepherd Street, Casula. Picture: Luke FudaDRIVING to Casula Powerhouse Arts Centre will soon be a lot easier.
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The new Casula Powerhouse Road at the end of Shepherd Street will open on September 15 and provide safer access to the arts and cultural facility.

It was built by the Australian Rail Track Corporation as a condition of the approval of the Southern Sydney freight line.

An ARTC spokeswoman said construction of the new access road commenced in April 2011 and included substantial additional work next to the Georges River due to the unstable ground.

“The new road provides a safe, uninterrupted access to the Powerhouse,” she said.

Access to the Powerhouse through the existing level crossing at Casula railway station will be permanently closed on October 15.

Liverpool Council and the ARTC are working together to install appropriate directional signage along the new road.

The director of the Casula Powerhouse Arts Centre, Kiersten Fishburn, said people in the past had been concerned about travelling down the winding road and the visibility at the level crossing.

“The new road is a nice scenic drive along the Georges River and parklands before you reach the Powerhouse,” she said.

“It connects us back to the Liverpool community and it marks us out as a destination.”

Ms Fishburn says the Powerhouse has seen an influx of visitors with 55,000 people making their way down to the centre in the last financial year.

“It was a 73 per cent increase since the last financial year.”

The new road will open just in time for a big theatre season at the Powerhouse.

Liverpool councillor Gary Lucas is calling the new access road to Casula Powerhouse the “yellow brick road” of Liverpool.

“It’s like the Wizard of Oz, they have to be dreaming,” he said. “It’s a waste of time and waste of money and it’s not going to work at all.”

Cr Lucas said the road was a 2-3 kilometre detour to the Powerhouse which was the cheapest option and like “going through a maze”.

“There should have been a bridge across Moorebank Avenue to the Powerhouse.”


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