Minister Throws Port Macquarie-Hastings Council A Lifeline

Minister Throws Port Macquarie-Hastings Council A Lifeline

Minister for Roads and Freight today announced the NSW Liberals and Nationals Government had thrown an $8.4 million lifeline to Port Macquarie-Hastings Council and would appoint a technical assurance engineer to guarantee the delivery of Stingray Creek Bridge.

“Unlike previous governments, our election commitments are non-negotiable,” Minister Gay said.

“After more than three years Council has still not started this vital project – infrastructure that is owned and managed by the Port Macquarie-Hastings Council.

“That is why we are stepping in and we will work hand-in-hand with Port Macquarie-Hastings Council to make sure this project is delivered asap.

“Today’s announcement means Council can go out to tender next week and construction will start in the first half of next year – a great result for the people and businesses of the area.”

Member for Port Macquarie Leslie Williams said this was yet another reminder of how the NSW Liberals and Nationals are delivering critical road and transport infrastructure for regional NSW – the likes of which has never been seen.

“I am delighted the community of Camden Haven now has certainty this new bridge will be built, with the NSW Government investing $16.4 million to replace the old structure.”

“A technical assurance engineer from Roads and Maritime Services will visit the site monthly and report to the project steering committee to ensure the project is progressing as it should.

“I am glad we are able to assure our community receives the infrastructure they expect and deserve.”

Minister Gay said in early 2011, as part of a joint funding arrangement, the Council requested $6 million from the NSW Liberals and Nationals to replace Stingray Creek Bridge at a total cost of $12 million.

“In early 2013, Council back-flipped from building a new bridge to merely repairing the old structure, a proposal not supported by either the government or the community,” Minister Gay said.

“Council then came back and said building a new bridge would cost an extra $4 million, a figure the NSW Government agreed to jointly fund – lifting our overall commitment to $8 million.

“I am sick of handing out money to replace Stingray Creek Bridge and nothing being delivered – but now the NSW Government has improved oversight of the project – and the community now has certainty.

"Since early 2011, the NSW Government had successfully partnered with dozens of councils across the state to deliver long-overdue road and bridge upgrades and we look forward to working closely with Port Macquarie-Hastings Council to see the Stingray Creek Bridge complete by Christmas 2017.”

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