The car park at Thirroul that shouldn't be there

This car park at Thirroul - opened in September 2015 - is still in the planning stage according to a government report.
This car park at Thirroul - opened in September 2015 - is still in the planning stage according to a government report.

A project finished six months ago is listed as being in the planning stages in the NSW government’s update to its regional transport plan.

The five-page document provides a bullet-point list of 36 transport-related projects in the region – 31 of which have been completed.

Page four of the report lists the work done under the Transport Access Program (TAP)

One item listed is the planning for “a new car park at Thirroul with approximately 150 parking spaces”.

That 150-space car park has been open since September last year.

Transport for NSW is not planning to build a second car park in the suburb.

The five projects listed as yet to be started include turning a staff car park at Bomaderry into a commuter car park and creating secure bicycle facilities at Dapto, Oak Flats and Wollongong stations.

It also promises countdown timers at five intersections on the South Coast, including Kembla and Crown streets and Keira and Burelli streets in Wollongong.

A new bus route from Kiama to Seven Mile Beach is also on the cards.

Shellharbour MP Anna Watson has spent months calling for the release of this update, pointing to the promise in the March 2014 plan that updates would be released annually.

Ms Watson branded the five-page document as “pathetic” but a government spokesman said it was intended as a snapshot of current progress rather than an all-new transport plan.

“It was placed on the Transport for NSW website under the cover of darkness with no announcement by either the Minister for Transport, Andrew Constance or the Minister for Roads, Maritime and Freight, Duncan Gay,” Ms Watson said.

“It’s such a pathetic document the only thing you’d use it for is to line the bottom of a budgie cage.”

A spokesman for Mr Constance said the document showed the work done in the region.

“We’re proud to be delivering significant road and transport improvements across the Illawarra,” the spokesman said.

“It’s time for Labor to get on board and support the great projects we’re delivering.

“All they’re doing is holding the region back.”


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