Parliamentary Secretary for the Illawarra and South Coast and Member for Kiama Gareth Ward has moved a Notice of Motion in Parliament calling on the Commonwealth and NSW Governments to commit to a 80/20 funding split for all future Princes Highway upgrade projects – the same deal enjoyed by the residents of the North Coast for the Pacific Highway. “Together with my colleague the Member for South Coast Shelley Hancock, we are taking the fight up to Canberra for a fair funding deal and we have launched a joint Petition,” he said. “The investments you’ve seen at Gerringong, Foxground, Berry and South Nowra have been 100% funded by the NSW Government. The Commonwealth under both Liberal and Labor Governments have not contributed one red cent to these projects but are happy to pick winners in other parts of the State and Nation. “The people of the North Coast have enjoyed major upgrades to their highway network with 80% of those projects funded by the Commonwealth and 20% funded by the NSW State Government. “I think our local community deserves the same deal – a fair deal. “And I will not stop fighting till we get the funds we need and get the job done. “You only need to drive through Berry or Foxground, or Gerringong or South Nowra to see that Shelley and I are absolutely committed to actually getting the job done. “Total investment into our Princes Highway committed by the NSW Liberal and Nationals Government since 2011 equates to more than $1.6 billion. “Now it is time for Canberra to deliver a fair funding deal for our Princes Highway upgrades,” Mr Ward concluded. Mrs Hancock said: “For far too long we saw the neglect of the South Coast’s main transportation spine by consecutive Labor governments,” she said. “It took a Liberals and Nationals Government to see the record investment that was needed in the Princes Highway. “I am proud of the progress the NSW Government has made in delivering key projects such as the $58 million Burrill Lake Bridge replacement, the $21 million Termeil Creek realignment and the $72 million South Nowra duplication. There still remains one critical section of the highway yet to be upgraded – the crossing over the Shoalhaven River. “Since 2007, the Federal Government’s financial contribution to the Princes Highway has been disappointing. “The NSW Government has taken all appropriate courses of action to secure federal funding. We have undertaken the necessary studies, made representations to the Prime Minister and appropriate Ministers and submitted a funding request to Infrastructure Australia to ensure we can get on with this project as soon as practical. “Now it is time for the Federal Government commit to an 80/20 funding arrangement to help see the next vital project commence and the Federal Member for Gilmore must secure this. “I entered state politics 14 years ago with the intention of advocating for long overdue upgrades to the Princes Highway and there is so much more to do! I encourage the community to sign our petition and call on the Federal Government to do their part,” Mrs Hancock said. To sign the joint Petition, please click here: http://haveyoursay.garethwardmp.com.au/future_funding_split_princes_highway_up grade_projects Mr Ward’s Notice of Motion in Parliament: Today, I give Notice that tomorrow I shall move that this House: 1. Supports the record investments in the Princes Highway throughout the Illawarra and South Coast; 2. Notes that the Federal Government have not provided any funding between Gerringong and Bomaderry for major upgrades; 3. Calls on the Commonwealth Government to commit to funding 80% of future upgrades on the South Coast, similar to the Pacific Highway on the North Coast; 4. Calls on both sides of Federal politics to commit to an 80/20 funding spilt for all future Princes Highway upgrade projects; and 5. Notes the petition commenced by the Member for Kiama and South Coast to pressure the Federal Government for a fair funding deal for our Princes Highway Media Release
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