Government Must Fund Critical Infrastructure Projects

The Abbott Government must commit to funding critical infrastructure projects in the Illawarra.

Last year, Sharon Bird and Stephen Jones wrote to Minister Truss seeking clarification on the following infrastructure commitments:

  1. $50 million seed funding for the Maldon Dombarton Rail Link
  2. $7.4 million for the Home of Football at Dapto

Last year, Infrastructure Minister Warren Truss told the Australian Financial Review that ‘obviously projects underway will continue, but we reserve the right to reprioritise others…’. 

“Labor made a commitment to provide $50 million seed funding for the Maldon Dombarton rail link. The studies have been completed, the State Government is completing the federally funded ($25.5 million) preparatory work to get the project shovel ready.  Labor put a further $50 million on the table to partner with the private sector to get the Maldon Dombarton line started,” Sharon Bird said.

“The rail link will mean fewer freight trains on the main South Coast Line, taking the pressure off our commuter rail line.

“It will also mean a direct rail link from Port Kembla to south-west Sydney which will open up new opportunities for jobs growth in the Illawarra.

Stephen Jones also called on Minister Truss to re-commit $7.4 million in funding for the Home of Football in West Dapto.

“When Labor was in Government we put $7.4 million aside for the Home of Football project. The Abbott Government cancelled it”, said Jones.

“Soccer is one of the most popular sports in the Illawarra, and for many years hasn’t had a home ground.

“The Home of Football is supported by everyone. It will generate hundreds of new jobs for the region and increase our sport-based tourism. It’s time for Minister Truss to get on board”, said Jones.

“We will keep fighting to ensure soccer gets permanent home in the Illawarra.”

 12 May 2014