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McKay: Show us the money

This year’s NSW budget contains no money for a new bridge for Batemans Bay according to the shadow minister for roads, Jodie McKay.
Nanjing Night Net

TheStrathfield MP said while money was “reserved” in the NSW budget for 2015/2016, there wasnot a cent allocated in the 2016/2017 budget.

Bega MP Andrew Constance announced plans for a new bridge during the 2015 election campaign,committing $1 millionfor planning.

In that year’s budget $55 million was reserved for the project.

But Ms McKay said there wasno mention of the Batemans Bay bridge duplication “whatsoever” in this year’s budget.

“They’vehad 18 months to get this project sorted. They have not done that,” Ms McKay said.

“Andrew Constance made a big deal on this at the campaign launch. He needs to explain why the money isn’t in there.

“When will it go to tender and what are the dates?

“He came out and made an announcement and now he’s in a predicament, because for some reason it’s now not in the budget.”

Ms Mckay also described work done to date by theRoads and Maritime Services (RMS) as“insignificant”.

The Bay Post/Moruya Examiner asked the RMS for details on what work has been completed during night work over recent months, and how all this work failed to prevent Saturday’s malfunction of the bridge span.

A spokesperson said RMS“understands the importance of the Batemans Bay bridge to the communityand is working to ensure a reliable crossing is provided at this location”.

“A consultant was recently engaged to assess the bridge’s mechanical lift span system and identify improvements.

“Maintenance work based on the consultant’s recommendations was carried out between June and September to improve the lift span, repair the counterweights and ensure the structural integrity of the bridge.

“The NSW Government provided $3.3 million for this maintenance work.RMS will continue to maintain the bridge to ensure it meets safety standards.”

Labor has queried funding arrangements for a new Batemans Bay bridge. The bridge failed on October 8, stranding holiday traffic. Picture: Richard Dixon.

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