Member for Kiama Gareth Ward has welcomed today’s announcement that SRG Global Civil will be awarded the contract to deliver the Jervis Bay Road Interchange.
Located in the Kiama Electorate, Mr Ward helped secure funding from the former NSW Government for this project in the last term of Parliament.
“One of the reasons I stood for Parliament was to fix the Princes Highway and since becoming a local MP, I’ve advocated for and delivered more than $2 billion in works that have made a real difference,” Mr Ward said.
“This intersection is the busiest and most dangerous intersection on the Princes Highway south of Nowra. This upgrade will save lives.
“I am disappointed that there have been some unnecessary delays on this project which include delays to property acquisition due to council indecision and delays caused by the Federal Government unnecessarily subjecting this project to one of its never-ending list of ‘reviews’.
“The project cost has significantly increased because of these unnecessary delays and this could have been avoided.
“I do appreciate the commitment of the current NSW Government to continuing this project and I would like to thank the Minister for Regional Transport and Roads for her ongoing support in delivering this investment to our community.
“One of the things I’m most proud of is convincing the former government to mandate the inclusion of local contractors, apprentices and trainees on local roads projects. I would ask that the NSW Government continue this practice to ensure that locals not only benefit from the investment in road safety but the jobs and training opportunities that come with this project as well.
“I was somewhat disappointed to see local Labor MPs attempting to take the credit for this project today. Whilst they have had little to do with it, I’m used to them taking the credit for the hard work of others,” Mr Ward concluded.