Shoalhaven City Council is "indolent" and "lazy " and needs to "step up" and look at the Nowra road network according Kiama MP Gareth Ward.
Talking at the official sod turning for the new $342 million Nowra bridge Mr Ward fired a shot over council's bow, saying millions of dollars in state funding were available and council was failing to take advantage of it.
"Shoalhaven City Council needs to step up. It needs to look at the Nowra road network," Mr Ward said.
"I'm absolutely appalled with the progress we've seen, particularly in relation to things like the East Nowra Sub Arterial Road [ENSA].
"Particularly when council has got millions in Growing Local Economy (GLE) funds waiting in state government accounts, we want to get out the door."
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ENSA is designed to alleviate the pressure off the Kalandar Street/Princes Highway intersection, will take traffic off the Princes Highway behind Stockland Nowra, across the floodplain to rejoin Greenwell Point Road, providing easier access for traffic travelling to the eastern villages.
"There's something like $23 million that is available to Shoalhaven City Council under the GLE," Mr Ward said.
"They have been successful in securing just $6 million."
It's something Mr Ward has been "banging on about" for almost two years now - the South Coast Register did a similar story in August 2018.
In December last year, council said preliminary geotechnical works for ENSA had been carried out and had lodged an application before the state government for the project.
"Council has been indolent and lazy. They need to get a move on to make sure we can actually fix the Nowra road network." Mr Ward said.
"It's not all about the Princes Highway - it's also about this traffic in this particular area as well.
"Coming up to the council election, as someone who lives in the Shoalhaven, I want to see a vision in relation to what they are going to do to actually improve the Nowra road network.
"That's a job they have as well and they have squarely failed."
Mr Ward said he met with council as recent as last week to discuss these matters.
"I have again raised these concerns and I'll continue to raise them again and again," he said.
"Local roads are a local responsibility and it's time to get on with it Shoalhaven council."
Shoalhaven City Council was contacted for comment.