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Illawarra Labor MP's respond to budget

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Illawarra Labor MP's have responded the the NSW State Budget, and while they've welcomed some projects and funding, they've questioned other decisions.

Member for Keira Ryan Park, has welcomed funding in the state budget, but has urged the government to go further.

Mr Park says while his advocacy for improvements to walking trails and mountain bike tracks has finally paid off with a commitment to develop the Great Southern Walk, along with vital improvements to Picton Road and the Mount Ousley Interchange, more need to be done.

Mr Park says the Government must begin planning for the extension to Memorial Drive to Bulli Pass, or there'll be no meaningful solutions to traffic congestion. in the northern suburbs of Wollongong. 

Member for Wollongong Paul Scully, is pleased with funding being allocated for the upgrade of Towradgi Station, and other projects like the Cringila Hills Pump Track Masterplan. 

Mr Scully welcomed $12.3 million in funding to upgrade the station saying, “People have rightly been sceptical about progressing Unanderra Station but my continual lobbying, backed by the strong support of our community, has seen the Government cave in and the lifts will be built – a decade late but certainly better than never.” Funding has also been provided to commence the upgrade of Towradgi Station.

Mr Scully was scathing that the Wollongong Entertainment Centre had missed out on any funding in yet another NSW budget. Mr Scully said, “While Newcastle gets $6.7 million to start planning the overhaul of their Centre and suburban stadiums in Sydney have business cases funded, but we get absolutely zero again."

Member for Shellharbour, Anna Watson today took aim at what she calls the Berejiklian Government’s neglect of the growing population of West Dapto, with a budget that fails to deliver a new school or adequate road access for the rapidly growing population.

Ms Watson said, “Residents of West Dapto and surrounding suburbs have once again been dudded by a Government intent on ignoring the basic needs of this booming area.”

Ms Watson added that Treasurer Dominic Perrottet today handed down the 2021-22 State Budget; a budget that has failed to deliver funding for a new school for West Dapto, failed to give access to the M1 Princes Motorway for Dapto residents and failed to commit a Service NSW centre for the Shellharbour electorate.

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