Funds promised for roads at election unfairly skewed away from Dobell

Emma McBride with, Louise and Peter McDougall, at Lucinda Ave, Killarney Vale

Federal Member for Dobell, Emma McBride, is calling on the Liberal Government to make good on roads funding promised to the electorate.
McBride said the government has neglected the needs of the people living in Northern Dobell and said this was evidenced by post election reporting from the Parliamentary Budget Office (PBO).
“The PBO’s election commitment report has confirmed that the Liberals short changed the northern Central Coast,” McBride said.
“Out of the $70m that the Liberals promised to spend on local roads, only $5.7m was earmarked for roads in Dobell,” she said.
Killarney Vale resident, Louise McDougall, was disappointed that her street, Lucinda Ave, was not on the list of federally funded projects when it has been earmarked for an upgrade since 2016.
“In May, 2016 we received a letter from Wyong Council stating the road and drainage infrastructure in our area would be upgraded but we are still waiting,” McDougall said.
“I have since put in requests to find out where the works are up to.
“We are paying a lot of rates for the privilege of living here but we are still waiting for our road to be fixed,” she added.
“Lucinda Ave was on the list of roads that Labor intended to fund if elected in May.
“That list was the result of extensive consultation with Central Coast Council with the aim of clearing its maintenance backlog.
“The projects chosen were from the top 200 road segments in the electorate using the Pavement Condition Index, the industry recognised standard,” McBride said.
“The estimated cost of the works to upgrade Lucinda Ave from Bushlands Ave to the end of the road is $225,800 and it is not on the PBO’s list of projects to be funded by the Liberals.
“The remaining $46.1 million of the $51.8 million has been earmarked for improving local roads in Robertson,” McBride said.
“I worked tirelessly with Central Coast Council to put together a roads package to ease congestion and improve safety by focussing federal funds on clearing the backlog of local roads identified by Council as most in need of upgrades and renewal.
“The 14 Dobell roads listed by the PBO as Liberal campaign promises do match Council’s priorities as road renewal projects, but that is not the case in the neighbouring seat of Robertson.
“Half the Robertson roads listed by the PBO, commitments totalling $41.5 million, were not even earmarked as priority projects by Central Coast Council.
“The NSW Liberals’ regional plan will see more and more people living in the northern suburbs of the Central Coast and yet the federal Liberals are prepared to neglect our roads for another three years.
“Public transport is so limited in Dobell that many communities are completely dependent on their cars.
“That means they are dependent on their roads.
“The Liberals need to explain why they’ve decided to spend $41.5 million on roads not even on Council’s radar while the roads of the north continue to fall into disrepair.
“Meanwhile, I will be watching closely to check every cent promised by the Liberals for Dobell roads is spent between now and 2022,” McBride said.
Other Dobell roads promised by the Liberals for upgrade via the Infrastructure investment program – urban congestion fund were: Albert Warner Dve, Warnervale $400,000; Bayview Ave, The Entrance $300,000; Craigie Ave, Kanwal $400,000; Cresthaven Ave, Bateau Bay $500,000; Fravent St, Toukley $400,000; Hibbard St, Canton Beach $400,000; Kerry Crs, Berkeley Vale, $400,000; Shirley St, Ourimbah $300,000; Sturt St, Killarney Vale $300,000; The Corso, Gorokan $600,000; Tuggerawong Rd, Tuggerawong $400,000; Virginia Rd, Warnervale $500,000; and Woodbury Park Dve, Mardi $300,000.

Media release, Jun 28
Jackie Pearson, Office of Emma McBride

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