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‘The safety of the workers and the broader community is our first and foremost priority and I am determined to ensure this situation doesn’t happen again,’ said Mr Gay.

‘I have appointed Mr Gilligan to carry out the NSW Government’s external investigation.

‘This investigation will include examining the approvals process for the work at the site, the risk assessments that were undertaken and what measures were put in place to protect road workers and the public.

‘Mr Gilligan will produce a report to me, the CEO of RMS and the Director General of Transport for NSW.’

Mr Gilligan is currently assistant commissioner on the Natural Resources Commission and Director of Sydney Water and has had 33 years of working in environment protection and education roles in NSW government agencies.

He has led inquiries and evaluations advising governments in various jurisdictions on contentious planning and policy issues, making recommendations for improvements in program delivery.

RMS has advised there are no threats to the travelling public and personnel are onsite to ensure the site is kept secure.

Work has stopped in the affected area and will not start within the exclusion zone until all relevant testing and approvals from authorities have been received.

Safety of the site, workers and public is the NSW Government’s top priority while this investigation is continuing.


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