The Minister for Roads, Maritime and Freight, Melinda Pavey, has refused to answer questions asked by the Member for Shellharbour, Anna Watson MP, in relation to the construction of the northern interchange at Yallah as part of the Albion Park Rail Bypass project.
Ms Watson has asked the Minister questions about the possibility that the northern interchange at Yallah will not be constructed as part of the project.
The Minister has failed to answer any of the questions, instead referring the Member for Shellharbour to the RMS website, where there is little information on whether the northern interchange will be built.
Construction of the northern interchange at Yallah would allow access for residents of Dapto and surrounding suburbs to the Albion Park Rail Bypass when it is eventually constructed. At present, the RMS has stated that there are no plans to build the interchange unless “there is a substantial increase in traffic”.
This comes at a time when West Dapto has been flagged as a key growth area in the state, with approximately 19,500 new dwellings expected to house 55,000 people in the next 20 years.
Ms Watson is calling for the interchange to be constructed at the same time as the rest of the Albion Park Rail Bypass.
Quotes Attributable to Anna Watson MP:
“I am appalled that the Minister could not even put some time and effort into considering my questions on behalf of the electorate. This is just further evidence that this Government is content with turning a blind eye to one of the fastest growing areas in the state.
“It has already taken this Government years of stuffing around to build the Bypass. People are concerned that if the Yallah Interchange isn’t built at the same time as the Bypass, it will never get built.
“I would like to see Gareth Ward come out and commit his support for building the Yallah Interchange, allowing Dapto residents to get their fair share. I will not stand for a half-baked construction of the Bypass – we have already waited too long for this project.”
31 October 2017