Shellharbour MP Anna Watson has demanded the state government reveal how it plans to spend the Illawarra's $100 million chunk of the Port Kembla lease.
She said yesterday Premier Barry O'Farrell had pushed ahead with a plan for the $500 million, 99-year lease of the port, despite strong community opposition.
Ms Watson said she remained opposed to the lease but called for Treasurer Mike Baird to outline how the $100 million, promised to the Illawarra, would be spent.
She suggested priority projects should be upgrading Shellharbour Hospital, constructing the Albion Park bypass and traffic improvements in West Dapto.
"[We] need to ensure the government uses the $100 million proceeds on infrastructure projects in the region and not waste any of those funds on blatant political pork-barrelling or for the funding of yet more strategic plans and reports," she said.
"It's time for them to reveal what the process for prioritising infrastructure projects will be, [if] stakeholder consultations will [occur] and how final decisions will be made on funding projects."
Ms Watson also released a letter she sent to Mr Baird in December last year, where she called for the determination process to be open and transparent.
"It is crucial that the government announce the process for selecting specific infrastructure projects and that the Illawarra community has a voice in determining what projects will be funded," she wrote.
She suggested that the government create a specific fund for the money and consult with stakeholders and the community.
A spokesperson for the Acting Treasurer Greg Pearce said Infrastructure NSW would decide where the money earmarked for the region would be spent.
The spokesperson said the competitive bidding process for the lease was under way and was expected to be completed in the first half of the year.