Kiama MP Gareth Ward has hit out at his Labor rival, claiming she was misleading the community over funding for the Tripoli Way bypass at Albion Park.
On Facebook Labor candidate Katelin McInerney responded to a question about the funding already being approved after pressure from Shellharbour City councillors.
"Council has received some initial funding for the project via a grant," Ms McInerney replied.
"We have committed million [sic] of dollars in additional funding and have committed to build the bypass - the only party or candidate to do so."
Labor promised a total of $20 million for the project (including $4 million for inflation) and made the announcement at a press conference on February 10.
That was a day after the $16.6 million in funding requested by council had been approved under the state government's Accelerated Infrastructure Fund, on top of earlier funding of $4.2 million.
Mr Ward, who had helped gain the funding, branded Ms McInerney's response "a lie".
"I find it bizarre and strange that the Labor candidate would so deliberately mislead the community by talking about a promise for a project where the funding has actually been delivered," Mr Ward said.
"I don't quite understand why the Labor candidate and the Labor party are saying that they're the only group of people that are delivering on funding that's already been announced.
"For them to say you have to vote Labor in order to get the money for Tripoli Way is just a wildly deliberate attempt to mislead the electorate."
Ms McInerney said she was "proud" to have advocated for the $20 million funding promise.
"After 12 years of congestion getting worse it's time to get on with this crucial project," Ms McInerney said.
"Labor have committed more than $3 million extra funding than the NSW Government, which will ensure this project is completed sooner.
"We call on the Liberals and Gareth Ward to match this commitment to deliver the infrastructure the residents of Albion Park need."
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