Only $6.4M of election promised road funding to be spent in Dobell

Pacific Highway, Wyong, in dire need of an upgrade. Archive 2019

Fourteen road improvement and resurfacing projects across the northern suburbs will be completed by 2022, thanks to a $70M roads package to fully funded by the Federal Government.

Central Coast Council will undertake the work in the Central Coast Roads Package which comprises a total of 29 projects across the entire region. However, Federal Member for Dobell, Emma McBride, says the northern end of the Coast will receive only 9.2 percent of the funding, or $6.4M.

“More than 90 percent of the road spending provided by this government, $63.4M, will be spent on roads south of Wamberal, ” she said.

“Seventy million sounds like a good headline number, but it disguises the facts that it’s really a roads package for the Liberal-held electorate of Robertson. “Our region needs a boost in road funding and the NRMA has named the Central Coast as having one of the biggest transport infrastructure backlogs in the whole of NSW. “Dobell is the part of the Coast earmarked for significant population growth over the next 20 years and I asked the Prime Minister in Parliament recently 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, ” Mc Bride said.

Roadworks in the northern area will be several road renewal projects in which the pavement will be improved and resurfaced, totalling $5,623,000. These are expected to be completed in the 2020-21 financial year: Cresthaven Ave, Bateau Bay, from Eastern Rd to Peak St ($529,000); Bayview Ave, The Entrance, from Theatre La to Ocean Pde ($311,000); Kerry Cres, Berkeley Vale, from Crossingham St to Hargraves St ($443,000); Shirley St, Ourimbah, from Red Cedar Cl to Coraki Cl ($340,000); Sturt St, Killarney Vale ($304,000); Tuggerawong Rd, Tuggerawong, from Stanley St to house numbers 91-93 ($407,000); Woodbury Park Dve, Mardi, from Gavenlock Rd to Matthew Circuit ($306,000); Craigie Ave, Kanwal, from Pacific Hwy to Hughes Ave ($425,000); Fravent St, Toukley, from Crossingham St to Hargraves St ($374,000); Richardson Rd, San Remo, from Liamena Ave to Goorama Ave ($236,000); Oleander St, Noraville, from Rowena St to Evans Rd ($530,000); Hibbard St, Canton Beach, from Belbowrie St to Crossingham St ($428,000); Albert Warner Dr, Warnervale, from the railway line to Link Rd ($436,000); and, The Corso, Gorokan, from Robson Ave to Spring Valley Ave ($554,000). The Federal Government funding package was a commitment made by the government in the leadup to the 2019 Federal election.

Mayor Lisa Matthews said she was pleased to see the Federal Government deliver on its promise to fund local road upgrades on the Coast. “This $70M funding injection from the Federal Government will allow Council to deliver projects that the community have identified as priorities on the Coast, ” Mayor Matthews said.

Source: Meeting, Nov 25 Agenda item 3.15 Central Coast Council Media release, Dec 16 Emma McBride, Federal Member for Dobell