Following complaints by local residents on WIN TV yesterday, Sharon Bird and Mike Freelander called on the Liberal Government to come clean on the timetable for the commencement of work promised for the notorious Appin Road.
During the Federal Election, Labor committed $50 million towards a full upgrade of the road, making it dual carriageway – working with State Government and private investors.
The very next day, Malcolm Turnbull responded to Labor’s announcement and said that an upgrade was needed, not just to improve safety, but to also help fast-track the development of thousands of new homes putting downward pressure on housing affordability for Western Sydney families. However his commitment did not cover the full length of the road to match Labor’s commitment.
Sharon Bird said that the re-elected Turnbull Government has to get moving on their commitment to improve safety on the Appin Road.
“While Malcolm Turnbull’s funding announcement was less comprehensive than Labor’s commitment and was targeted at marginal seats in south-west Sydney, these improvements to the road were still welcomed by Illawarra commuters and businesses looking to connect into the south-west Sydney region.
“We do not want to see a three year wait for these urgent improvements like we saw with the truck stop upgrade at the top of Mt Ousley.
Mike Freelander said that the Appin Road was continuing to kill and injure people and it was completely unacceptable.
"There was a bi-partisan commitment at the last election to fund an upgrade for Appin Road but are still waiting to see any action from the government. The time for buck passing from state to federal Liberal governments is long gone,” Mike Freelander said.
"We are about to have another 60,000 people between Campbelltown and Appin and we need a safe road that can deal with that increase in population."
Malcolm Turnbull needs to stand by the funding commitments he made during the federal election campaign and fix this road.