Parliamentary Secretary for the Illawarra Gareth Ward has today slammed the Labor Party MP’s in the Illawarra and Opposition Leader Luke Foley for taking the Illawarra for granted.

Mr Ward has moved a Notice of Motion in Parliament condemning the Opposition Leader and the Illawarra Labor Party MP’s.

“Luke Foley’s recent visit to the Illawarra was a sham because the Labor Party has failed to commit a single cent to upgrading our Princes Highway or for improving local infrastructure in the Illawarra.

“Opposition Leader Luke Foley and the Labor Party are too busy prioritising Sydney projects – putting Sydney first and the Illawarra last. Labor’s State Infrastructure Strategy failed to even mention the Illawarra once.

“The Labor Party continues to arrogantly take the Illawarra for granted with its three safe seats. The Labor Party is all tip and no iceberg – a policy free zone.

“In stark contrast, the Berejiklian Government has delivered record funding for road projects including the Albion Park Rail Bypass and funding to construct the Berry to Bomaderry upgrade of our Princes Highway.

“The Berejiklian Government has also delivered a record Education Budget for better schools, new and improved transport services including the bus trial from Kiama to Bomaderry and has transformed our State’s economy to be Number One Again.

“I will continue to fight for our fair share of funding and to deliver the jobs, infrastructure and investment that our region deserves,” Mr Ward concluded.


Madam Speaker,

Today I give notice that tomorrow I shall move that this House:

1. Notes the Opposition Leader recently made a rare visit to the Illawarra
2. Notes that the Opposition Leader failed to commit a single cent to improvements to local infrastructure such as the Princes Highway;
3. Notes that the Opposition still opposes funding the Albion Park Rail Bypass
4. Notes that the Opposition takes the Illawarra for granted because of it’s three safe seats
5. Condemns the Labor Opposition for prioritising Sydney ahead of the Illawarra and South Coast