22 Jun 2023 infrastructure roads 2533

Independent Member for Kiama Gareth Ward is calling on the Minister for Regional Transport and Roads Jenny Aitchison to stop stalling and release the Regional Road Transfer and Road Classification report and get on with transferring Jamberoo Mountain Road to state management.

Mr Ward said the Minister has had plenty of time to consider the report and claims that she can’t access it are nothing short of rubbish.  

“I put a series of questions to the Minister asking her if Jamberoo Mountain Road will be transferred to the state, taking the maintenance load off Kiama Municipal Council,” Mr Ward said. 

“The response was a disaster. The Minister claims she can’t access the document. As a former Minister, I can assure her she can. She simply needs to ask her department for it.  

"The Jamberoo Mountain Road is a vital link for our region and when we experience extreme weather events the road can be closed for months while Council struggles to get on top of the maintenance backlog. 

“Council has been asking for the transfer of Jamberoo Mountain Road to the state government for years so the necessary resources and funding are provided to address safety concerns adequately. 

“The Minister needs to stop the blame game and stop stalling and release the report. She has been a fierce advocate for the road transfer and reclassification program so she should make this a priority.”