The call by the NRMA for the Federal Government to fund the Albion Park Rail Bypass is just dumb and will simply delay the start of the project.
The NRMA’s federal budget submission obviously doesn’t realise that the State Government has already pledged full funding for the Albion Park Rail Bypass at the 2015 state election.
The Princes Highway (M1 Motorway) has long been classified a state road.
Consequently it is the responsibility of the State Government to maintain and upgrade.
The NRMA federal budget submission will needlessly complicate and delay the start of the Albion Park Rail Bypass.
Ms Watson has called on the State Government to start work on the project by 1 July 2017 after final approvals have been granted at the end of this year.
The State Government indicates that work will start at an unspecified time in 2019 just prior to the next state election.
Quotes attributable to Anna Watson MP:
“We don’t need yet another round of federal-state funding debate about the Albion Park Rail Bypass.
“The State Government promised to fully fund the Albion Park Rail Bypass at the last state election.
“According to state budget papers, the funding is allocated and just sitting there.
“I have been relentless in calling for the project to start by 1 July 2017.
“The NRMA should be calling on the State Government to back my call to get the Albion Park Rail Bypass started in the 2017-18 budget year, not starting another boring debate on inter-governmental funding arrangements.
“I’m not interested in another lobby group playing for media headlines with dumb funding calls, which will simply delay starting this project.
“The State Government doesn’t need yet another excuse to drag its feet on getting this project started.”
6 April 2016