Labor won't commit to Memorial Drive

Keira MP and Labor's spokesman for the Illawarra Ryan Park has declined to commit to funding the Memorial Drive extension to Bulli Pass, despite calling on the government to do exactly that.
Keira MP and Labor's spokesman for the Illawarra Ryan Park has declined to commit to funding the Memorial Drive extension to Bulli Pass, despite calling on the government to do exactly that.

He criticised the state government for not funding work on the Memorial Drive extension, but Keira MP Ryan Park has declined to commit money to the project should Labor win the next election.

Last week Mr Park, who is also the spokesman for the Illawarra and opposition treasurer, called on the government to cough up money for the Memorial Drive extension to Bulli Pass.

“What I want to see is the Liberal Government committing to funding the next stage of the Memorial Drive extension,” Mr Park said last week.

“This piece of infrastructure is a key linkage for our community.”

Labor leader Luke Foley has pledged funding for a number of projects in the Illawarra should the party win power in 2019.

These included an upgrade of the Masters and Springhill roads interchange – despite Roads and Maritime Services receiving no complaints about it.

No Labor funding has to date been promised for the Memorial Drive extension.

When asked about it directly, Mr Park stopped short of committing to funding the extension should Labor win in 2019.

“I can assure you that as shadow treasurer and the shadow minister for the Illawarra this will be a project I advocate for advancing very strongly,” Mr Park said.

"I have said many time publicly that I understand this is a significant project and it can't happen overnight but it is important the detailed design and route analysis gets under way”

Mr Park said Labor had funded previous road projects in the area, including the Memorial Drive extension from Bellambi to Bulli, the Bulli Pass interchange, Oak Flats to Dunmore extension, the Kiama bypass and the Sea Cliff Bridge.