Illawarra pollies’ 2018 wishlists

BACK TO THE POLLS?: Member for Whitlam Stephen Jones' 2018 wishlist includes an election win for Labor, if Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull heads to the polls early (as many predict he will). Pictures: Sylvia Liber
BACK TO THE POLLS?: Member for Whitlam Stephen Jones' 2018 wishlist includes an election win for Labor, if Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull heads to the polls early (as many predict he will). Pictures: Sylvia Liber

There’s the promised Albion Park Rail bypass, the long-awaited lifts at Unanderra train station and ongoing hospital upgrades.

It might be a new year, but there’s nothing new about these projects.

So, what do that have in common? They all feature on the 2018 wishlists of some Illawarra politicians.

The Mercury asked each of the region’s state and federal MPs to compile a list of what they’d like to see happen over the next 12 months.

The items range from major infrastructure projects to hopes of victory at an early federal election – and even a wish for US President Donald Trump to stop tweeting. Here are their lists (the items are not necessarily listed in order of priority):

WHAT ILLAWARRA MPs WANT IN 2018

LEE EVANS

  • The community to get behind the NSW government
  • The Illawarra shakes off the decades of “we aren’t good enough” and realise that it is batting well above its weight in all sectors
  • That people with foresight step back and plan what the Illawarra will look like in 50 years

RYAN PARK 

  • The government must address overcrowding on the South Coast Line
  • The government must ensure the construction of Bulli Hospital is on time
  • Funding allocated to Mount Ousley interchange and the redevelopment of Mount Keira Summit Park
  • More cruise ships arriving at Port Kembla

PAUL SCULLY

  • Lifts at Unanderra station
  • Confirmation of the funding agreement to keep the Gong Shuttle free to passengers
  • Infrastructure investments, such as an upgrade to WIN Entertainment Centre and completion of the Maldon-Dombarton rail link
  • Independent inquiry into the resourcing needs of Wollongong Public Hospital and improvements to hospital maternity services
  • Delivery of the government’s 2015 commitment to have a thoracic surgeon at the hospital
INCOMPLETE: The Maldon-Dombarton rail bridge was abandoned mid-construction in 1988. Illawarra MPs want action to see the link finished. Picture: Wolter Peeters

INCOMPLETE: The Maldon-Dombarton rail bridge was abandoned mid-construction in 1988. Illawarra MPs want action to see the link finished. Picture: Wolter Peeters

GARETH WARD

  • When we came to government in 2011, we inherited a state racked with corruption, mismanagement and debt. Today NSW is number one again.
  • We have seen record investments in hospitals, schools and roads across our region.
  • 2018 will see the start of early works on the Albion Park Rail bypass project and Berry to Bomaderry Princes Highway upgrade.

ANNA WATSON

  • To see the full Albion Park Rail bypass fully built, including the Yallah interchange and on/off ramps
  • A fully-funded redevelopment of Shellharbour Hospital 
  • School maintenance addressed across the region 
  • Noise wall at Flinders 
BUMPER-TO-BUMPER: Holiday traffic on the Princes Highway at Albion Park Rail on December 22. Work on the suburb's long-awaited bypass will continue in 2018. Picture: Adam McLean

BUMPER-TO-BUMPER: Holiday traffic on the Princes Highway at Albion Park Rail on December 22. Work on the suburb's long-awaited bypass will continue in 2018. Picture: Adam McLean

SHARON BIRD

  • A significant improvement by the federal government to support our region
  • Better NBN
  • Progress on Maldon-Dombarton rail line
  • Stopping cuts to all levels of education – our schools, TAFE and university
  • More access to care for our elderly residents

STEPHEN JONES

  • An election win for Labor, if Malcolm Turnbull heads to the polls early (as many predict he will)
  • US President Donald Trump stops tweeting
  • Relocation for the refugees stuck on Manus Island
  • The $$2 billion earmarked for stadium upgrades in Sydney is diverted to infrastructure in the Illawarra
  • Improved rail links to Sydney and the Maldon-Dombarton rail link
  • An upgrade for Shellharbour Hospital
  • Improved NBN services
  • The St George Illawarra Dragons and the Illawarra Hawks make the finals/playoffs

*Gilmore MP Ann Sudmalis did not respond.