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Local roads should not be political playthings

February 03, 2020

 

Out of necessity, Central Coast Council recently voted to enter into a funding agreement with the Morrison Government to accept a $70 million roads package.

Seventy million dollars sounds like a good headline number, and our region needs a boost in road funding. The NRMA has named the Central Coast as having one of the biggest transport infrastructure backlogs in the whole of NSW.

But the headline number disguises the facts about the Liberals' so-called Central Coast roads commitment. The fact is this Liberal roads package is not a package for the Central Coast; it's a package for the Liberal-held electorate of Robertson.

Over 90 per cent of the road spending provided by this government, $63.4 million, will be spent on roads south of Wamberal.

My electorate, which covers the northern area of the Central Coast, will receive only 9.2 per cent of the funding, or $6.4 million. Dobell is the part of the Coast earmarked for significant population growth over the next 20 years.

In parliament I called on the Prime Minister to tell the people of the northern area of the Coast, why the Federal Government will be spending $419 per person on roads in Robertson over the next four years but only $39 per person on roads in Dobell.

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