Labor can't deliver infrastructure
Labor reminding us all why they can't deliver infrastructure
17 March 2014
Roads Minister Duncan Gay today said state and federal Labor were embarrassing themselves in front of our construction and finance sectors by showing they just don’t understand what it takes to get major projects up.
Minister Gay said significant progress had been made on NorthConnex since a handshake between the NSW and former Federal Labor Government last June.
"If Anthony Albanese put as much effort into building roads in NSW as he puts into personal glory, he’d still be in government," Minister Gay said.
"Mr Albanese, John Robertson and Walt Secord are obviously clueless about the agreement Labor signed up to last year, which clearly stated a final decision was yet to be made.
"There are processes to getting projects built, they are light years away from a handshake infront of the cameras.
"Last year I made a point of securing a commitment of funding from both Labor Government and the then Opposition leader, now Prime Minister.
"At the time of the funding deals we had neither a preferred scheme nor a tenderer.
"In Minister Albanese’s own press release last June with the NSW Government the plan was for a "new 7.7 kilometre dual two lane road tunnel beneath Pennant Hills Road".
"It speaks volumes about how much work was still ahead of us that yesterday with the Prime Minister we announced 9 kilometre twin tunnels, built for 3 lanes each way.
"Since then we have been through the competitive bidding process and cleared many hurdles on design and finance.
"A lot of hard work has gone into this project in the last few months and the deal was closed on Friday 14 March 2014.
"With the preferred tenderer Lend Lease and Bouygues, and a preferred scheme also chosen this project has reached the final stage before construction would be approved.
"I encourage Anthony Albanese, John Robertson and Walt Secord to visit www.northconnex.com.au to familiarise themselves with the project the Abbott and O’Farrell Governments are getting on with delivering."
"When Mr Robertson and Mr Secord’s mob were in charge we got the Rozelle Metro to nowhere, it’s another reminder why he and Labor have no credibility when it comes to infrastructure projects.
"Labor would do well to get out of the way while we get on with the projects they couldn’t and wouldn’t deliver," Minister Gay said.
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