Member for Shellharbour Anna Watson has today been joined by Shadow Minister for Transport Jodi McKay to call on the NSW State Government to upgrade Dapto Station’s commuter carpark as part of this year’s State Budget.
While figures from the State Government suggest around 500 local residents commute from Dapto station each morning, Minister for Transport Andrew Constance has admitted there are only 103 car parking spaces currently available.
Despite this demand, the Minister has again refused to commit to an upgrade of the commuter carpark following questions from Shellharbour MP Anna Watson in State Parliament.
In April 2016, Labor called on the Government to ensure upgrades were included in the 2016/17 State Budget. However, the Government have failed to deliver any upgrades in the last twelve months.
The population of Dapto and West Dapto is expected to rise to over 50,000 people in the next 20 years, meaning it is critical that the Government deliver vital local infrastructure improvements to accommodate significant population growth.
Currently, Dapto Station services commuters from a number of suburbs across the Shellharbour electorate – including Dapto, Brownsville, Kembla Grange, Horsley, Avondale, Cleveland, Kanahooka and Koonawarra.
Quotes attributable to Anna Watson MP:
“Demand for car parking spaces already outstrips supply 5 to 1 at Dapto Station – and the problem is only going to get worse unless this Government takes action. West Dapto is one of the largest growth areas in New South Wales and the community deserves actual investment in local infrastructure, not just more talk by Gladys Berejiklian.
“This is a Sydney-centric Government. The Government has mismanaged projects like WestConnex and Sydney Light Rail to the point they’ve wasted billions of dollars of taxpayers money. Just a fraction of this cost blowout could have funded the Dapto Commuter Carpark.
“It’s time the Premier delivered on her commitment to fund local infrastructure. If Gladys Berejiklian spent more time in our region, she’d understand just how important these upgrades are for our local community.
Quotes attributable to Jodi McKay MP:
“When Gladys Berejiklian first became Premier, she committed to local infrastructure being a priority for her Government. The Premier must use the upcoming State Budget to show her promises are more than just hollow sound bites.
“Dapto commuter carpark is a perfect example of the type of local infrastructure this Liberal Government has neglected during their 6 years in power.
“With the population of Dapto and West Dapto set to reach 50,000 people in the next 20 years, it is vital the State Government act now to ensure this local community is not left behind when it comes to their local infrastructure needs.
19 May 2017