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Is this where we are going: Popular voting on essential infrastructure?

Will the Batemans Bay Link Road get enough likes to attract Federal Funding or will the TechSmart Shoalhaven community flood the survey and win the day?

Princes Highway Project Nominations are now open in a recent intiative set up by Member for Gilmore, Ann Sudmalis that seeks "votes" to attract funding for different sections of the Princes Highway in the Gilmore electorate

On her questionnaire website Mrs Sudmalis offers: With the help of our community, I secured $10 million for planning for the new Nowra Bridge, $13.8 million for the Far North Collector Road and $155 million for the new Nowra Bridge. In Tuross Head we secured $1.4 million and in Tomakin we secured $2.4 million for intersection and road works and over $6 million for Turpentine Road because of our community support. With your help, we can work to secure funding for the Princes Highway. Some community suggestions have included the East Nowra Sub-Arterial, Jervis Bay Road Intersection, works at Wandandian, upgrades to Forest Road intersection and completion of Batemans Bay Link Road. Let me know your thoughts and place a number next to the project you believe is most important. Priority (Number from one to six)

  • East Nowra Sub-Arterial Project for the intersections of Kalandar Street and Princes Highway, Greenwell Point Road, Old Southern Road and Junction Street to reduce traffic congestion.*

  • Jervis Bay Road Intersection to fix both right hand turn intersections and the lanes.*

  • Pedestrian access in Wandandian for the Northern and Southern end of the bridge.*

  • Forest Road Intersection upgrades.*

  • Batemans Bay Link Road – Highway south of Cranbrook Road and the highway alignment to build the Link Road.*

  • Turpentine Road and the Princes Highway – fixing the sight lines and intersection. At a local level Eurobodalla Council is soliciting support from local groups and organisations to also lobby the Federal Government for funding for the Batemans Bay Mackay Park Aquatic Centre The Mayor, in her letter to associations write: Hello. This email is to ask for your help. We need to show the Federal Government the strong support in our community for the Batemans Bay Regional Arts, Aquatic and Leisure Centre planned for Mackay Park. We already have $26 million from the NSW Government towards this fantastic new centre and the Federal Government is currently considering our funding application for $27 million. Success in this funding round will mean we can build the centre and see our residents enjoying this wonderful new facility by December 2020. I am contacting our community leaders to ask that you show your support. There are two ways you can do this: - Provide a letter of support to Council to accompany our funding submission - write to our local Federal Member of Parliament Ann Sudmalis to tell her how important this project is to your community and ask for her support Here’s a quick update about the project, and a link to a two-minute animation that shows what the community can expect from our new centre (it’s worth a watch!)

Tenders to design the centre have been assessed and the selected architect will start work in September The geotechnical report for the site is now complete, and work will soon be underway to improve the road entry to Mackay Park Community engagement about the design is proposed to start in late October and run throughout November We’re aiming for a final concept design to be approved by Council by early December 2018. Here are some key points you might like to include in a letter of support: - We support Eurobodalla Council’s funding submission for $27 million towards the Batemans Bay Regional Aquatic, Arts and Leisure Centre.The region’s first year-round indoor aquatic centre and the first arts and theatre hub combined in a purpose-built facility - Job creation during construction and post-construction will be significant – 36 full time jobs once built and 184 during construction - Revitalise the CBD, attracting new and enhancing existing tourism, retail and recreation businesses - Health and wellbeing benefits for the whole community, including warm water therapy pool and spa, learn to swim pool, gym and associated allied health, along with an arts hub and multi-purpose theatre for quality events and shows - Council’s preliminary concept and business case for a $46 million development meets the needs of Eurobodalla's diverse community and will be affordable for Council to run I hope you can lend your support to this tremendously exciting, once in a lifetime project for our region.

With State and Federal elections on the horizon maybe the way to get what we want is to send more letters. And if the letters amount to nothing does that mean we vote for the other team? Council has already well and truely endorsed Mrs Sudmalis for the next election. .

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