Feb 28, 2018

Liberals Inactive on Nowra Bridge

Liberal Party inaction is delaying progress on construction of a new Nowra Bridge, with Infrastructure Australia unable to assess the project because the New South Wales Government has yet to submit a business case.

At Senate Budget Estimates hearings in Canberra this week, Infrastructure Australia Chief Executive Philip Davies said his organisation had received only preliminary information about the project, not the detailed business case it requires.

The news comes despite an assurance last October from State Liberal MP Shelley Hancock that the NSW Government had put forward a “funding request’’ to allow the project to go forward as soon as practicable.

Ms Hancock and her NSW Liberal Government must end the delays and provide the documentation required by Infrastructure Australia to progress this important project.

Federal Member for Gilmore, Ann Sudmalis, should also act by pressing her state colleagues for action on behalf of the community.

Nowra and the surrounding districts need a new bridge over the Shoalhaven River to replace the existing bridge, which has passed its useful life and is becoming increasingly congested.

Investing in the right infrastructure projects not only creates jobs and economic activity in the short term, but also boosts productivity over the long-term.

Completion of a new Nowra Bridge will also significantly improve road safety.

That’s why Federal Labor has already put $50 million on the table for the project.

Ms Sudmalis and the NSW Government must move beyond rhetoric and provide actual support for this project.