Anna Watson MP: Illawarra Infrastructure Fund could have been better for region

Member for Shellharbour Anna Watson today welcomed the funding of the Fowlers Road extension at Dapto as part of the $100 million Illawarra Infrastructure Fund but slammed the rejection of the application which could have provided football with a home at West Dapto.

"The success of this Fowlers Road extension project will help to provide much needed improved traffic access throughout the Dapto CBD and West Dapto.

"The funding of the Fowlers Road extension remedies the stupid decision of the former Wollongong City Council Administrators to knock this road project off during the last term of the former Council.

"The funding of this road infrastructure will build on the $26 million interest free loan provided under the previous NSW Labor Government and $14 million provided by the previous Commonwealth Labor Government to build a flood free network of local roads throughout West Dapto."This latest funding illustrates the power of all three levels of government working together to improve critical local road infrastructure in the last remaining Wollongong LGAs fastest growth areas", she said.

Ms Watson said that she was very disappointed that the Home of Soccer at West Dapto was not successful, especially following the Abbott Government’s decision to withdraw $7 million of funding allocated by the previous Commonwealth Labor Government.

“Football could have had a new home at West Dapto but the sport has been left high and dry by both Liberal Governments.

Ms Watson said that she was still disappointed that the NSW Government did not agree to match the funding it has committed to provide Newcastle following the better than expected lease proceeds from the Port of Port Kembla.

"The NSW Government could have gotten a bigger bang for its buck and the region could have benefited from even more infrastructure funding.

"It's just so frustrating that the Government's own backbench MPs and the Minister for the Illawarra stubbornly refused to go into bat for the region much harder.


5 December 2013