In another embarrassing twist for the State Liberal Government, the $39 million Shellharbour Junction station opened in late November last year will not have any working toilets until early next year, Member for Shellharbour, Anna Watson, said today.
Ms Watson wrote to the Minister for Transport, Gladys Berejiklian MP on 24 November 2014 asking her to confirm when toilet facilities would be available at the new Shellharbour Junction station.
The Minister told Ms Watson in a letter received yesterday that: “I am advised toilets at Shellharbour Junction Station will be available for use early next year.”
“The State Liberal Government couldn’t get the official naming of the station right, couldn’t construct the new station with toilet facilities, and the new station cost $5 million more to build (Labor estimated construction of a new station announced in February 2011 would cost $35 million).
“It’s been a comedy of errors, oversight, and budget blow-outs over the last 4 years.
“I’ve never ever got a credible answer from the Minister or Member for Kiama, Gareth Ward, to the very simple question: why would you plan and build a new $39 million station with no toilet facilities whatsoever?
“The last new station to be built in the southern Illawarra was at Oak Flats under the former State Labor Government – and it was built with toilet facilities for both genders and the disabled”, she said.
A Transport NSW spokesperson assured the local media on 20 November 2014 that, “The new station will include a toilet as part of finishing touches being added to the new facility in coming months.” (Emphasis added.)
Ms Watson said that commuters had regularly raised the lack of toilet facilities with her since the station had opened.
“Forcing Shellharbour Junction station commuters to wait until 2016 for new toilet facilities is simply not on”, she said.
13 January 2015