Proponents of a planned "home of football" at West Dapto are still hopeful their bid for a $7.1 million share of state government funding will succeed, despite an assurance of equivalent federal funding disappearing with the change of government.
In early August the Rudd government pledged $7.4 million towards the $14.8 million complex. Local government funds will contribute another $300,000.
Football South Coast (FSC) announced that it hoped to secure the remaining sum needed - $7.1 million - from the pool of money promised to the region from the sale of Port Kembla, the $100 million Restart NSW Illawarra Infrastructure Fund.
Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development Warren Truss confirmed this week that Labor's commitment won't be honoured.
FSC chairman Eddy de Gabriele said the application for state funding was not dependent on federal dollars and would proceed.
"We didn't use the federal government funding to say to the state government 'We got this, so give us this'," he said.
"We purposefully said, 'We're looking at multi-stakeholder funding' and the complex is stage-based.
"Stage one costs $7.4 million, stage two is $7.4 million. So whichever money comes first, we will do stage one regardless."
Mr De Gabriele said he did not consider the federal funding withdrawn. It was natural for the new government to "re-scrutinise" plans for the West Dapto complex and all other projects green-lit by Labor but not yet subject to signed contracts.
"Funding has not been withdrawn, it just has to go through the washing machine all over again. That's fine. We welcome this, we don't fear it."
The Coalition has also withdrawn a $42 million funding promise for the upgrade of Mount Ousley Road and three campaign commitments made by Labor a week before its election defeat: $50 million towards the Maldon-Dombarton rail link, $1.25 million for Gerringong School of Arts and $500,000 for a wharf at Shellharbour.
Illawarra Business Chamber chief executive officer Debra Murphy said the loss of the Mount Ousley funding was significant, given the road's history of safety incidents, commuter load and importance to the region's freight solution.
"The scrapping of this funding when it was committed in the federal budget is disappointing," Ms Murphy said.
"The new government should honour that commitment - I would urge the government to reconsider."