Media release: Government must prioritise South Coast Highway projects

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Federal Member for Gilmore, Fiona Phillips MP has reiterated her calls to bring forward funding for priority Princes Highway projects such as the Milton-Ulladulla Bypass and the Jervis Bay Road intersection.

This morning, the Prime Minister announced funding for infrastructure projects would be brought forward to help stimulate the economy, however so far very little detail has been released on the NSW highway projects to be included.

But the government just needs to get on with the duplication of the Princes Highway on the South Coast.

“For months, I have been calling on the Morrison Government to bring forward the funding for the Princes Highway to help stimulate the economy, create jobs and most importantly save lives,” Member for Gilmore, Fiona Phillips said.

“We know where the priority areas are and while I am pleased the Prime Minister has finally listened to our calls to fix it faster, I am disappointed he has not yet released more detail on exactly what projects will be brought forward,”

“I want to make sure that the local projects our community has been waiting on for years finally receive much-needed funding,” Mrs Phillips said.

During the recent Federal election, the Liberal-National Government committed $500 million towards the Princes Highway, including $400 million for the Milton-Ulladulla Bypass. But only $50 million has been allocated in the Budget and the Gilmore MP has been lobbying to have the additional funds brought forward.

With the Christmas holiday period fast approaching, the community deserves to have a real funding commitment from this government to fix the hot spots along the Princes Highway.

The Gilmore MP wants to see more investment in infrastructure and will examine the package as more detail is released.

“Like many people in our community, I am eagerly awaiting the details of today’s announcement,” she said.

“Let’s hope the government will finally fix it faster,” Fiona Phillips said.