KIAMA MP Gareth Ward has launched a thinly veiled jab on outgoing Gilmore MP Ann Sudmalis ahead of the weekend's federal election saying he "was looking forward to working with a Liberal federal member who works hard and gets results."
Mr Ward's blast came while touring the region with NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian, Minister for Transport and Roads Andrew Constance, South Coast MP Shelley Hancock along with the Liberal candidate for Gilmore Warren Mundine while inspecting the progress on the Berry to Bomaderry Princes Highway upgrade.
And Mr Ward believes the next federal member will be Mr Mundine.
"I want a federal Liberal MP that works hard and gets results," he said.
"And Warren Mundine will be part of the Ward, Hancock and Constance team that wants to get outcomes for our community."
The jibe clearly demonstrates how far the divides now are within local Liberal circles with former Gilmore MPs, Mrs Sudmalis and Joanna Gash, both endorsing National's candidate Katrina Hodgkinson.
"I believe 100 per cent Mr Mundine will be the next Gilmore MP," Mr Ward said.
Mrs Sudmalis hit back at Mr Ward saying just because she didn't broadcast everything she did didn't mean she didn't work hard and achieve for the whole period.
I want to work with a federal Liberal MP that works hard and gets results.Kiama MP Gareth Ward
"The former member did in fact get results," she said.
"Namely the initial investment of $10 million for examining the problems around the Nowra bridge and achieved the first, half commitment to the bridge and road intersection which I had been working on for six years.
"There was also the completion of hundreds of thousands of dollars of road works in the region, some on the Princes Highway but predominantly working with our three local government areas.
"There has been abundant achievements from the former federal member.
"He [Gareth Ward] just hasn't had someone describe it to him because he can't see it for himself.
"Just because I don't go out and broadcast everything I do all the time doesn't mean I haven't worked hard and achieved for the whole period."
Mr Ward said the Premier's visit was also a chance to show off local infrastructure projects.
"The Berry to Bomaderry Princes HIghway upgrade is cracking ahead," he said.
"It's on time and on budget and I'm enjoying working with the contractors.
"This project is going to be an outstanding example of infrastructure we said we would deliver and we are getting it done.
"Upgrading the Princes Highway was one of the reasons I stood for parliament and I want to work with Warren Mundine to get even more done like these major projects."
Just because I don't go out and broadcast everything I do all the time doesn't mean I haven't worked hard and achieved for the whole period.Outgoing Gilmore MP Ann Sudmalis
He said the project is planned to be completed by 2022 "as promised".
While in town the Premier, Mr Mundine and and Mr Ward also met with members of the Bomaderry Swamp Rats Junior Rugby League Club to promote the $100 Active Kids sporting rebate.
"The South Coast is booming when it comes to the Active Kids sporting rebate with more than 9000 taking up the rebate," he said.
"I'm proud of the team at the Bomaderry Swamp Rats, it's pleasing to see clubs like this and and families in our region taking part in the scheme.
"Active kids are healthy kids, who also tend to perform better academically.
"We want to try and ease the costs on families and we don't want kids missing out on sport."