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General Manager welcomes local funding commitment

Shoalhaven City Council General Manager, Russ Pigg has welcomed today’s $15 million roads infrastructure funding commitment from Liberal Candidate for Gilmore, Anne Sudmalis.

Mrs Sudmalis was joined by Shadow Minister for Communications and Broadband, Malcolm Turnbull in announcing the funding commitment which will be used to upgrade important local roads if the Coalition wins the upcoming election.

Mr Pigg said today’s announcement was the first positive response he had received following his recent call for a commitment from candidates across four major issues in the lead up to the election.

“Council certainly welcomes today’s announced funding commitment from the Liberal Party,” said Mr Pigg.

“Each of the identified projects will greatly benefit from this commitment through the provision of improved safety and traffic flow on our local and regional road networks.”

Mr Pigg said he hoped that the $10 million allocated to planning for a third crossing over the Shoalhaven River would provide a catalyst for the State Government to move on with this very important project.

“I am extremely pleased that the Coalition has identified the important role this project has within the local community,” said Mr Pigg.

“Proper transport planning and the stimulus for activation of the Shoalhaven riverfront will only occur once this project is planned and commenced.”

“I also welcome the $2 million committed for further sealing of Turpentine Road.”

“This road is a strategic link between the Ulladulla and Bay and Basin towns and villages to Main Road 92, creating better transport routes to Canberra and the Riverina.”

“Residents on this road have noticed the increased traffic in recent times as more and more tourists discover how easy it is to access Jervis Bay from the Canberra region.”

“This project will have major benefits for both business and tourism.”

The list of projects to be funded under a Coalition Government include -

• Shoalhaven River third crossing planning - $10 million
• Moss Vale Road at Barrengarry and Cambewarra Mountains in Kangaroo Valley - $2 million
• Sealing of Turpentine Road - $2 million
• East Lynne and Little Forest Road intersection black spots on the Princes Highway and conducting a study into safety at Jaspers Brush - $750,000
• Additional guard rails on Kangaroo Valley Road - $100,000
• Safety upgrades at the Bolong Road and Coolangatta Road intersection - $100,000

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