Independent Member for Kiama Gareth Ward MP says the news by the Prime Minister that the Jervis Bay flyover will be delivered is a big win for the community and motorists.
Mr Ward said the Jervis Bay intersection upgrade was under threat of being sidelined as part of a Federal Government infrastructure review until doubts over the project were made public and the community applied pressure to the Federal MP.
“I was thrilled to hear of yesterday’s announcement by the Prime Minister that the Jervis Bay upgrade has been spared from the chopping block. This win comes solely down to the advocacy and unrelenting dedication of our community,” Mr Ward said.
“I immediately wrote to the Federal Minister for Infrastructure Catherine King the moment I was told that this vitally important project could be cut.
“This project will reduce congestion and make travelling on the Princes Highway safer for the thousands of motorists who use this road every day.
“Now our attention should turn to timely delivery and no more delays. We’ve already seen this project delayed twice because of indecision about property acquisition by council and the infrastructure audit by the Commonwealth.
“More broadly, a new funding arrangement for the Princes Highway is required that sees federal government and state government commit to an ongoing funding formula so that future upgrades to the Princes Highway are beyond politics and the clutches of bureaucrats in Sydney or Canberra,” Mr Ward said.
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