Roads funding in focus during election

At the crossroads: Greg Holland (left) Michael Daley and Maryanne Stuart at the intersection of Princes Highway and Oak Road, next to the brick pit at Kirrawee. Picture: Chris Lane
At the crossroads: Greg Holland (left) Michael Daley and Maryanne Stuart at the intersection of Princes Highway and Oak Road, next to the brick pit at Kirrawee. Picture: Chris Lane

SHADOW Treasurer Michael Daley said there was nothing unusual about Labor's roads package being almost identical to that released earlier by the Coalition.

Eleven traffic "pinch point" projects in Sutherland Shire have been promised by both sides in the election battle.

They include three intersections at Kirrawee, which Mr Daley inspected with Labor candidates Greg Holland (Miranda) and Maryanne Stuart (Heathcote).

Mr Daley said Roads and Maritime Services (RMS) provided the government with a list of 58 problem intersections and stretches of road, where congestion could be eased if funding was available.

"We used the same list and made a matching commitment," he said.

"I also identified another half a dozen projects, in consultation with the NRMA, to put on top of that.

"The difference [between the parties] is they are using Monopoly money because the money does not exist yet, and it will not exist, unless and until [Premier] Mike Baird sells the electricity network."

Mr Daley said Labor's pledge was part of a $10 billion infrastructure package that could be "delivered 100 per cent" without electricity privatisation.

Labor's infrastructure package, which is half the size of the Coalition's, would be paid for by deferring business tax cuts due to take effect next year and from "unallocated" Restart NSW funds — the proceeds of earlier asset sales by the Coalition government.

Roads Minister Duncan Gay said Labor had simply "photocopied" the Coalition's plan.

"They can't pay for it, have no plan to deliver it and they have an appalling record of breaking promises," he said.

Cronulla MP Mark Speakman said Labor, in government, had failed shire motorists and had no credibility on delivering any promises.

"Labor has no funding for their sudden, five-minutes-to-midnight roads promises," he said.

FUNDING PROMISE

Projects on both lists:

Taren Point Road/Rocky Point Road (Caringbah to Kogarah)

Kingsway (Gymea to Cronulla)

Heathcote Road (Lucas Heights to Moorebank)

President Avenue and Princes Highway, Kirrawee

Princes Highway, Old Princes Highway and Acacia Road North, Kirrawee

Princes Highway and Oak Road, Kirrawee

Heathcote Road, Waterfall to Lucas Heights

Port Hacking Road, Sylvania

New Illawarra Road, Menai shops

Heathcote Road over Woronora Bridge, Engadine

Alfords Point Road, Alfords Point

Who is more likely to carry out these projects? 

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