The Bells Line Expressway Group (BLEG) is a bi-partisan lobby group focused on bringing the vision of the proposed Bells Line Expressway to realisation.

The Group is chaired by former MP, Hon Ian Armstrong OBE and consists of representatives from all three tiers of Government - Local, State and Federal.  BLEG is also supported by past and present State and Federal members, major industry bodies, the NSW Chamber of Commerce, NRMA, various charitable organisations and the Central West Regional Organisation of Councils (CENTROC).  For a list of more supporters see the Supporters page.


Members of the Bells Line Expressway Group include:

  • Hon Ian Armstrong OBE
  • Hon Paul Toole (State Member for Bathurst)
  • Mr Roger Bailey (General Manager of Lithgow City Council)
  • Councillor Maree Statham (Mayor of Lithgow City Council )
  • Councillor Gary Rush (Mayor of Bathurst Regional Council)
  • Councillor Percy Thompson (Councillor at Midwestern Regional Council)
  • Councillor Ken Keith (Mayor of Parkes Shire Council and Chairperson of CENTROC)
  • Councillor Scott Ferguson (Mayor of Blayney Shire Council)
  • Councillor Bill West (Mayor of Cowra Council)
  • Councillor Phyllis Miller OAM (Mayor of Forbes Shire Council)
  • Ms Fiona Simson (NRMA)

Our Vision

Unlock the potential of Central West NSW through the construction of a new Bells Line Expressway linking the region to greater metropolitan Sydney.

Mission Statement

Through the media and other relevant avenues, seek to raise the public's awareness and support of BLEG's vision selling both the need and the potential benefits for the Expressway.  This involves effectively positioning the Bells Line Expressway project as state significant infrastructure.

Through effective political lobbying, seek to promote the inadequate transport infrastructure investment across the Blue Mountains and the detrimental effects this is having on the Central West, State and National economies with a view to convincing both State and Federal Governments that funds for the Expressway's construction must be made available.

Commission research and publish findings into all pertinent concerns raised on the potential impacts of the Expressway's construction.


Construction of the Bells Line Expressway would deliver a vast array of practical benefits directly impacting virtually every NSW resident and visitor while at the same time tackling some significant socio-economic reforms that require urgent Government attention.  See the Benefits pages for more information.

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Bathurst Regional Council
Private Mail Bag 17


(02) 6333 6257


(02) 6331 7211