NSW GOVERNMENT CUTS CORNERS TO AVOID BYPASS BLOWOUT
Shellharbour MP, Anna Watson, has today called out the Government for being deceitful in their marketing of the Albion Park Rail Bypass by originally including the Yallah Interchange as part of the initial construction of the project.
It was recently revealed that the NSW Government are currently considering not building the Yallah Interchange as part of the Bypass project. Failing to construct the Interchange will essentially block Dapto and West Dapto residents from accessing the Bypass, despite it being one of the fastest growing residential areas in the state.
However, videos from 2014 and late 2015 see the Government marketing the Yallah Interchange as part of the initial construction of the Albion Park Rail Bypass project. According to plans released in 2017, construction of the Interchange is now contingent on funding availability and traffic demand.
Ms Watson has since launched a petition calling on the Government to build the Yallah Interchange as part of the project. People wishing to sign the petition are encouraged to contact or visit her electorate office for a copy.
Quotes Attributable to Anna Watson MP:
“This Government has been deliberately deceitful with the people of the Shellharbour electorate. As recently as 2015, this Government was advertising that the Yallah Interchange would be a part of the initial Bypass project with no strings attached.
“I have been calling on the Government for years to just get the job done and stop wasting money on studies that are telling them the same information as we knew before. This Government is continually dragging their feet in the mud on this project – they won’t even release a construction timetable!
“This Government is panicking and cutting back the scope of the Bypass because they’ve realised they’re going to blow the $550 million they promised for the project.
“I have one thing to say to the Government: build the Bypass, and build it properly. Stop cutting corners because of your own incompetence in budgeting."