Federal Labor deputy in town but no highway funding promised

Labor Gilmore Candidate Fiona Phillips and Labor deputy Tanya Plibersek at Shoalhaven Heads on Thursday morning. Picture: Rebecca Fist
Labor Gilmore Candidate Fiona Phillips and Labor deputy Tanya Plibersek at Shoalhaven Heads on Thursday morning. Picture: Rebecca Fist

Deputy Opposition leader Tanya Plibersek visited Shoalhaven Heads on Thursday morning.

While Ms Plibersek didn’t have any specific Princes Highway funding commitments to announce, she did recognise the importance of investing in infrastructure.

“We are absolutely committed to investments that make a difference including upgrading roads, and including rail, freight and airport facilities across Australia,” Ms Plibersek said.

“We know in regional areas like this road safety is not just about convenience, it’s about saving lives.”

Fairfax Media launched the FIX IT NOW campaign in March pushing for major upgrades of the Princes Highway south of Nowra to the Victorian border.

When asked if Labor has any specific funding for the stretch of road between Jervis Bay and Milton, Ms Plibersek passed the talking stick to Labor’s Gilmore candidate, Fiona Phillips.

“There’s real safety upgrades that need to happen there, so what I’m doing is having a look at those projects and putting cases forward to Shadow Minister for Infrastructure and Transport Anthony Albanese,” Mrs Phillips said.

“That’s certainly something we’re following up on, and we’ll have a lot more to say before the next election.

“We’ll be having a visit from Anthony Albanese, we haven’t seen that from the opposition (sic), we haven’t seen any federal funding like that for the Princes Highway.”

Fairfax Media then asked if Labor was willing to take the lead and put a figure on the table.

“We’re certainly looking to identify the projects and put possible business cases forward to attract federal funding,” Ms Phillips said.

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