A Picton by-pass has been talked about for years; but the recent bushfires has made it a critical piece of infrastructure that’s needed now rather than later and more voices are joining in the chant.

The NSW government has even realised and is assessing options “invested $3 million for planning and investigations for a bypass of Picton town centre”.

Joan Brown (pictured right) a long-time Picton resident and one time Wollondilly councillor – is one of many voices calling for a by-pass to be built and the recent bushfires only highlighted how an important piece of infrastructure it is.


Updated: Jul 23, 2020

Police are investigating after a baby girl died in a house fire in Bargo last night.

Emergency services were called to the house on Avon Dam Road, Bargo, about 6.25pm (Sunday 12 July) after reports of a fire.


Fire and Rescue NSW and the Rural Fire Service worked to put out the blaze, which destroyed the house.

During a search of the house, the body of a five-month-old girl was found inside.


NSW Ambulance paramedics treated a 79-year-old woman and 57-year-old man for smoke inhalation and lacerations. A 27-year-old woman was treated for shock.

They were taken to Campbelltown Hospital in a stable condition. An 18-month-old boy, who appeared uninjured, was also taken to hospital as a precaution.

Officers from Camden Police Area Command established a crime scene and are investigating.



A truck driver from Moss Vale has been charged over a crash at Menangle yesterday where a eight year-old girl died and four other people were seriously injured.

Emergency services were called to the Frank Partridge Rest Area on Hume Highway about 3pm on Friday, July 10 after a southbound heavy vehicle drove into the car park and struck another truck and three SUVs, injuring five people.


An eight-year-old girl sustained critical injuries and died at the scene, while five people were taken to Liverpool Hospital;

- 45-year-old woman, from Forster, suffered a fractured hip, leg and head injuries;

- 46-year-old man, from Glebe, suffered a compound fracture to his right arm;

- 54-year-old woman, from the ACT, suffered multiple lower limb fractures as well as internal injuries

- 55-year-old man, also from the ACT, suffered multiple rib fractures.

All remain in Liverpool Hospital undergoing treatment.


A 45-year-old man, from Kings Park, was also taken to hospital suffering severe shock but has since been released.


The truck driver was taken to Campbelltown Hospital for mandatory testing before being released and taken to Campbelltown Police Station where he was charged with nine offences,

Dangerous driving occasioning death – drive manner dangerous, negligent driving occasioning death, dangerous driving occasioning grievous bodily harm – drive manner dangerous (four counts), negligent driving occasioning grievous bodily harm, driver not record prescribed information in written work diary, driver not use time zone of drivers base in work diary. His licence has been suspended.

The man, who was refused bail is expected to appear via audio visual link before Parramatta Bail Court today.

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