Oct 23, 2017

Liberals mislead on Nowra Bridge

The Liberals on the New South Wales South Coast have been caught out misleading the community about their efforts to secure funding for a new bridge on the Princes Highway at Nowra.

Two weeks ago South Coast MP Shelley Hancock told the South Coast Register she was pressing the Commonwealth for a funding contribution for the bridge after Federal Labor committed $50 million to the project.

Ms Hancock told the newspaper that the NSW Government had made “a funding request’’ to Infrastructure Australia to ensure the project could proceed as soon as possible.

However, according to a senior officer of Infrastructure Australia, Jeremy Parkinson, giving evidence before a Senate Budget Estimates committee hearing in Canberra today, this is false.

LABOR SENATOR GLENN STERLE: Has Infrastructure Australia received a business case from the NSW Government, seeking to evaluate the project for this new bridge over the Shoalhaven River at Nowra, as an alternative to the old iron one that gets clogged up regularly?

MR PARKINSON: Senator, we have not received a business case for that proposal as yet.

Ms Hancock should be more honest with her constituents.

The Liberals have failed to commit a single dollar to the construction of the Nowra Bridge, highlighting the lack of clout of Federal MP for Gilmore Ann Sudmalis as well as the inaction of Ms Hancock.

By contrast, Labor has put $50 million on the table.

Labor understands that infrastructure investment is critical when it comes to improving road safety and boosting productivity, particularly in regional Australia.