Parliamentary Secretary for the Illawarra and Member for Kiama Gareth Ward has today moved a Notice of Motion in Parliament in relation to the progress of the Albion Park Rail Bypass project.

Mr Ward said that he was extremely pleased that the project has received the official tick of approval from the NSW Department of Planning and is progressing to the next stage.

“This bypass will deliver a 9.8 kilometre extension of the Princes Motorway between Yallah and Oak Flats, which will complete the missing link for a high standard road between Sydney and Bomaderry,” he said.

“Another important milestone has been reached with planning approval received and the environmental report for this project now on display until next Wednesday 14th February.

“This project is the largest election commitment in the history of the Illawarra!

“Despite Labor’s best efforts to stop the bypass and voting against the means of funding it in the Parliament, I am bulldozing through the road blocks and getting the job done because that is what our region deserves.

“Not only have Labor voted against the Albion Park Rail Bypass in Parliament – the NSW Labor Party released a 10-year State Infrastructure Plan which didn’t even mention the Illawarra.

“Whilst Labor continue to play politics with the bypass, I will continue to get the job done for our region,” Mr Ward concluded.

Mr Ward’s Notice of Motion, Wednesday 7th February 2018:

1. Notes that the Albion Park Rail Bypass has received planning approval;
2. Notes that the Albion Park Rail bypass is the largest election commitment in the history of the Illawarra;
3. Notes that Labor’s 10 year infrastructure plan for the entire State didn’t mention the Albion Park Rail bypass once; and
4. Condemns NSW Labor for voting against funding for vital infrastructure in the Illawarra.