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01 July 2021



EMMA MCBRIDE MP
SHADOW ASSISTANT MINISTER FOR MENTAL HEALTH
SHADOW ASSISTANT MINISTER FOR CARERS
FEDERAL MEMBER FOR DOBELL

CENTRAL COAST TAKEN FOR A RIDE IN CAR PARK RORTS

The Morrison Government’s bungled Commuter Car Park Program has failed to deliver for people on the Coast, with dodgy promises made and still no delivery.

According to a report by the Australian National Audit Office, the Government rushed to spend $660 million on 47 projects in the lead-up to the last Federal Election, most of them in Coalition-held seats or marginal electorates.

One of those projects was a $5 million car park at Woy Woy, which was approved for the scoping phase in December 2020 but it’s now seven months later and still no work has commenced.

A car park at Tuggerah has also been in the works for years with Federal Labor committing the funding in 2018. According to the ANAO, the Government ‘authorised’ a site at Tuggerah ‘through the exchange of letters’ but there’s been no follow-up.

It’s now fallen to the NSW Government to get the job done, and they committed to the project in the 2021/22 Budget.

“In a community where thousands of people usually travel outside the Coast for work, commuter car parks are desperately needed,” said Emma McBride MP.

“Time after time, the Morrison Government makes big promises and fails to deliver.

“Our community needs investment in projects that will make their lives easier, clear the backlog of infrastructure and create local jobs.”

The Central Coast has been taken for a ride and we deserve an explanation.

 

THURSDAY 1 JULY, 2021