State Parliament will debate a Notice of Motion by Member for Shellharbour Anna Watson calling on the State Government to develop an integrated infrastructure plan for West Dapto in the 2017-18 Budget.

Wollongong City Council has identified that there is a substantial gap in infrastructure funding worth up to $209.6 million for the West Dapto Urban Growth Area.

The West Dapto Urban Growth Area will contain 20,000 new dwellings, a population of over 56,000 people and the potential to create up to 10,000 new jobs in the southern Illawarra.

It is estimated an investment of up to $1.2 billion in infrastructure will be required to support this population expansion.

Planning for West Dapto’s development includes:

  • 53 kilometres of roads
  • 66 bridges;
  • 153 kilometres of bicycle tracks
  • 214 bus shelters
  • 7 bus interchanges
  • 3 community centres
  • 21 local parks
  • 11 playgrounds
  • 2 sporting parks and
  • 66 hectares of land for water drainage.

Ms Watson has already used the floor of the Legislative Assembly on numerous occasions to highlight the enormous challenges facing Wollongong City Council to develop the West Dapto Urban Growth Area and the need for the State Government to get serious about the funding of infrastructure.

Ms Watson also plans to use the debate to highlight the need for:

  • Construction of additional access ramps and lane widening at Kanahooka, Fowlers and Emerson Roads;
  • Upgrade of the Dapto Station commuter carpark
  • Delivery of a permanent Home of Football and
  • Planning for new primary and high schools at West Dapto.


Comments attributable to Anna Watson MP:

“We need an integrated infrastructure plan for West Dapto.

“I’m using my Notice of Motion to have the State Parliament force, if necessary, the State Government to start taking the infrastructure needs of West Dapto seriously.

“Wollongong Council does not and will never have the financial resources available to it to shoulder the burden of providing the expensive infrastructure that West Dapto requires alone.

“We need to close the $209.6 million funding gap that currently exists for the West Dapto development.

“That black hole will never get any smaller.

“It needs to be addressed.”


29 August 2016