LABOR PLEDGES $58.6 MILLION FOR LOCAL ROADS, ‘HOME OF FOOTBALL’, WEST DAPTO HEALTH CENTRE AND LAKE ILLAWARRA AUTHORITY RESTORATION

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A Foley Labor Government will invest $58.6 million towards the construction of exit ramps along the M1 Motorway at Dapto, establishing a permanent ‘Home of Football’, a ‘One Stop” Co-location Health Centre and the restoration of the Illawarra Lake Authority, the Shadow Minister for Regional Infrastructure and Services, Mick Veitch MLC, announced today.

“This is a fantastic package of Labor initiatives for the Dapto and West Dapto areas covering important issues addressing upgrading road accessibility, giving football a permanent home, improving health care services and safeguarding the future management of Lake Illawarra.

$56.8mill Dapto & West Dapto package“Anna Watson and Glenn Kolomeitz understand that with the increasing population in this area, we need to improve and provide new infrastructure for roads, sport, health and preservation of the local environment”, Mr Veitch said.

Member for Shellharbour, Anna Watson, said, “I’m really pleased that Labor is announcing this package of initiatives in a nearly $46 million investment in better road access to Dapto along the M1 Motorway.

“We are giving the fastest growing sport in Australia and the Illawarra a new, permanent home at West Dapto.

“For too long the Liberals’ have treated the sporting code of football just like football – kicking it around for political purposes, but leaving the sport with no real infrastructure or hope.

“I’m pleased that Labor will establish a new a one-stop health shop covering a wide range of community health needs for the local community at West Dapto.

“And finally, I’m delighted that the future management of Lake Illawarra will be safeguarded by the restoration of the Lake Illawarra Authority.

“The management of Lake Illawarra has been in limbo over the last two years since the Liberals’ decided to abolish the Lake Illawarra Authority.

“I simply will not stand by and watch Lake Illawarra fall back into a culture of neglect, especially as we’re experiencing growing population density along its foreshore at Tallawarra, West Dapto and Calderwood.

“The announcements today are on top of Labor’s pledge to invest $44 million to build a modern, state of the art high school at West Dapto, if we’re elected to form Government next Saturday”, she said.

Labor candidate for Kiama, Glenn Kolomeitz also welcomed the Labor initiatives, which would benefit the northern tip of the Kiama electorate.

“All of these initiatives will help address the needs of local residents at Calderwood and Marshall Mount, which is now located in the Kiama electorate following the redistribution of electorate boundaries by the NSW Electoral Commission.

“My Liberal opponent hasn’t been focused on the growing needs of the community which will grow over the next few years in the north of the electorate.

“These new Labor initiative are about planning the infrastructure needs of a growing community and delivering this improved road, sporting, health and environmental infrastructure”, he said.

Background:

Construction of exit ramps along M1 Motorway at Dapto:
$46 million has been reserved from the Illawarra Infrastructure Investment Fund to invest in the construction of three new exit ramps at Kanahooka, Fowlers and Emerson Roads along the M1 Motorway. $13 million will provide new northbound and southbound exit ramps at Kanahooka Road. $13 million for additional lanes will be constructed on both the northbound and southbound exit ramps on Fowlers Road. $20 million to construct new exit ramps at the Emerson Road Interchange.

Currently, motorists using Emerson Road pass over the M1 Motorway on a separate bridge with no connection to the M1 Motorway. All three projects have been identified in the State Government’s Draft Illawarra Infrastructure Growth Plan released last year. Costing for the three exit ramps is based on a submission by Regional Development Australia Illawarra, Advancing Infrastructure in the Illawarra, September 2014, page 29.

Permanent ‘Home of Football’ at West Dapto:
$7.8 million has bene reserved from the Illawarra Infrastructure Investment Fund to invest in a football sporting complex at West Dapto, including an artificial paying pitch, small grandstand (3000 capacity), 26 other playing & training pitches, 2 futsal courts, administration building and lighting. Wollongong City Council has approved provision of 20ha of land to Football South Coast on Cleveland Road and Fairwater Drive, Dapto.

Funding was provided by the former Federal Labor Government in its 210 budget under the Regional Development Australia program but was withdrawn after the 2013 Federal election by the Abbott Liberal Government. This project was short-listed under the State Liberal Government’s Restart Illawarra Fund but not approved under the final round of projects. The total value of the project is estimated at $14.4 million. Football South Coast will seek to fund the remaining balance.

West Dapto Health Centre:
West Dapto has been selected from 19 sites across New South Wales to establish Labor’s Care Co-Location program – a one-stop health shop covering a wide range of community health needs. Health care co-location facilities are a “one stop shop” for community health services such as nursing, oral health, mental health, physiotherapy and podiatry. The successful site for the West Dapto Health Centre will be selected after consultation with the Illawarra Shoalhaven Local Health District and may either be developed, re-developed, realigned or refurbished with an existing health care facility. Labor will reserve $100 million to establish its Care Co-location program.

Restoring the Illawarra Lake Authority (LIA):
Labor will invest $1.2 million each year for the next four years (total of $4.8 million) to re-establish the Lake Illawarra Authority from 1 July 2015. The LIA will be re-established as an independent statutory authority. The new LIA will be responsible for monitoring water quality, environmental improvements, foreshore accessibility and provide a clearer focus for tourism and recreational use of Lake Illawarra. Labor will work closely with both Shellharbour and Wollongong City Councils and the local community to re-establish the new LIA. Annual funding will be drawn from the NSW Trade and Investment budget allocation as in previous years.

20 March 2015

 

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