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Government must put safety first and review road funding

January 07, 2020

Federal Member for Dobell, Ms Emma McBride MP, has called on the Federal Government to put safety before politics and review its Central Coast roads package.

“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,” Ms McBride said.

“Seventy million dollars sounds like a good headline number, and our region needs a boost in road funding,” she said. “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 recently I asked 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.”

Ms McBride said she had written to Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development, The Hon Michael McCormack MP.

“I’ve call on this government to put road safety ahead of politics and properly fund roads in Dobell,” she said.

“I have asked the Deputy Prime Minister to give his assurances that road safety is the government’s dominant concern for the whole of the Central Coast and not only the Liberal-held seat of Robertson.”