Member for Shellharbour Anna Watson said despite a State Government loan announced yesterday, the start of the long-awaited Fowlers Road Bridge was still at least two years away.
“I welcome the State Government’s interest-free loan for this important road project, but it still means that the Fowlers Road Bridge won’t start for at least another 2 years.
“It’s nearly a year ago now that the State Government promised to give Wollongong City Council $22.5 million from the proceeds of the Port Kembla Port sale, which is sitting in a bank account untouched.
“I think the people of Dapto and West Dapto have only one question on their minds: when will this project actually get started?”, she said.
Ms Watson said that she was concerned that it appears the cost of the Fowlers Road project was blowing out.
“The Lord Mayor’s statement that the cost of the project was now looking like costing up to $50 million is a big worry.
“We don’t even have a design of the road link yet and cost is starting to sky-rocket.
“This can only mean further delay in starting this infrastructure project”, she said.
Ms Watson said that former State Government provided Council with a $26.5 million interest free loan in 2010, which was used to complete works on Cleveland Road, including construction of a new bridge near Dapto High School.
She said that former Federal Labor Government had also provided Council with $14 million in 2013, which is being used to fund improvements along Shone Avenue, West Dapto.
Ms Watson repeated her previous public criticism that the decision by the former Wollongong Council Administrators to cancel the Fowlers Road Bridge project was one of momentous stupidity.
17 October 2014