State Liberals go slow on Dapto roads improvements


The State Government has revealed its $50,000 study into the need for additional on-off ramps for Dapto along the M1 Motorway has yet to commence six months after it was announced by the Minister for Roads and Freight, Member for Shellharbour, Anna Watson, said today.

“In four years the State Liberal Government has not lifted a finger to help ease traffic congestion across Dapto and West Dapto.

“I am simply amazed that a $50,000 study announced by the Minister for Roads and Freight in June – six months ago – has yet to commence”, she said.

Ms Watson said the State Government announced in June that Roads and Maritime Services (RMS) would investigate whether road widening and building of additional on-off ramps along the M1 Motorway at Dapto was required.

“We need to accommodate the massive population expansion taking place at Kanahooka, Tallawarra and West Dapto and this $50,000 study should be underway right now.

“It’s simply not good enough that the study hasn’t even started yet.

“The Dapto and West Dapto community will be as perplexed as I am as to what the hell the delay is in getting this much-needed RMS study started”, she said.

Ms Watson said that she was angry that the State Government still hasn’t provided Wollongong City Council with a cent of the $22.5 million allocated to the Fowlers Road Bridge extension, announced following the sale of the Port of Port Kembla.

“It’s been two years since the sale of the Port was first announced and one year since the State Government announced it had allocated funding to the Fowlers Road Bridge extension.

“Council has yet to produce a single design concept for the new road extension and indications are that could take another two years before a shovel hits to ground”, she said.

Ms Watson said this contrasted with the $40 million invested since 2010 by the former State and Federal Labor Government’s, which had resulted in the construction of the Cleveland Road Bridge at Dapto, and continuing road improvements at Shone Avenue and Wongawilli.

17 December 2014