The NSW Government have now spent nearly three years talking about upgrading the M1 between Dapto and Figtree, but have failed to deliver desperately needed on-off ramps to some of the fastest growing suburbs in NSW.
Shellharbour MP Anna Watson and NSW Shadow Roads Minister Jodi McKay have today condemned the State Government for their inaction, and called on Roads Minister Melinda Pavey to come clean with the community on when work will commence.
Under questioning from Labor in August 2014, October 2014 and June 2015, the NSW Government said works on improvements were in their preliminary stages. However, three years on from their commitment, the RMS website suggests plans for improvements are yet to move beyond “preliminary investigations”.
This means motorists will be waiting years before upgrades commence.
Since 2013, Labor has been calling on the NSW Government to build new on-off ramps at Kanahooka, Fowlers and Emerson Roads as a way to address the expected population growth at Dapto and West Dapto. Dapto will become a mini-city rivalling the Shellharbour local government area in the next 20 years, with approximately 19,000 new dwellings and over 50,000 people in the area.
Additional ramps at Dapto were identified as necessary in the State Government’s Draft Illawarra Infrastructure Growth Plan released in 2014, while Labor committed to $46 million for the projects in the lead up to the 2015 Election.
Quotes attributable to Anna Watson MP:
“Dapto and West Dapto will experience a massive wave of development over the next 20 years. The NSW Government has a responsibility to ensure local infrastructure development keeps pace with expected population growth.
“Nearly three years later and we have seen no action by the NSW Government. It’s time for Melinda Pavey to be straight with the community and tell us when these critical upgrades will actually be built.
“Labor committed to these upgrades as part of the 2015 election – only Labor can be trusted to deliver local infrastructure to Dapto. The Liberals just don’t care about our region.
Quotes attributable to Jodi McKay MP:
“The Government needs to establish a firm timetable for when these works will commence. With the upcoming State Budget now only weeks away, the Minister must commit to getting these upgrades started.
“The Minister needs to be upfront with the local community and release the documents related to the Government’s preliminary investigation.
“The pace of development at West Dapto demands that the Government take this issue seriously. 19,000 new dwellings and a population of over 50,000 people in the next 20 years means that these upgrades are critical for the liveability of the local area and must be delivered by the NSW Government.
19 May 2017