20 Oct 2023

Member for Kiama Gareth Ward has encouraged locals to complete a Transport for NSW survey on the Nowra Bypass, however Mr Ward has said that more needs to be done to progress the project.

The survey is available until Monday 23rd October 2023 and can be accessed online: Nowra Bypass and Transport Improvements Project | Have your say NSW

“Having lobbied for funding from both the NSW and Commonwealth Government, I pleased that Transport for NSW is seeking to listen to the community on this important project,” Mr Ward said.

“Nowra needs a bypass. A Nowra bypass will help ease traffic congestion, boost jobs and give our community an opportunity to discuss the next exciting stage of the development of the Nowra CBD.

“However, we need a commitment to actually start the project. Like all of Labor’s infrastructure projects locally, there is lots of ‘planning money’ but not much ‘doing money’. A survey is a good start, but surveys don’t build roads.

“We have a Labor Government Federally and in NSW. What are local Labor representatives doing to strike an agreement on a funding formula for the Nowra Bypass and future allocations to our Princes Highway?

“The Pacific Highway enjoyed an 80:20 funding split between the Commonwealth and the State during its major upgrade. I’d encourage Labor Government local MPs to seek this commitment from their political masters.

“Other than my seat, the entire region is drenched in Labor MPs who act like they are still in opposition rather than delivering for our community in government. It’s time to start turning shovels rather than churning out old and tired rhetoric,” Mr Ward concluded.