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PRESS RELEASE

Joanna Gash MP Member for Gilmore 16 February 2006 LET THE CONSTRUCTION TRUCKS ROLL

The construction crews will soon start work on the $80 million upgrade of Main Road 92.

Member for Gilmore, Joanna Gash has welcomed the contract for Stage 1 of the upgrade, between Nowra and Nerriga, being awarded to Cut and Fill Pty Ltd.

Mrs Gash said she had been informed work will start on the road in early April.

"This is the news we have all waited so long to hear," Mrs Gash said.

"The Federal Government has put $34 million into this most needed of projects and for too long 'the go ahead' has been stalled.

"Finally we have the name of the company what will bring the Main Road 92 upgrade and its many benefits to the people of Gilmore.

"This is a lynch-pin project and it is great to see the community's years of hard work and commitment to the project is finally paying off."

The Australian Government's $34 million has been matched by the State Government and Shoalhaven City Council has also committed $12 million to the project.

"I would again like to thank and recognise Shoalhaven City Council," Mrs Gash said.

"Without the $12 million from Shoalhaven Council and without the Council pushing and doing all the initial legwork, this project would never have happened.

"In regard to the announcement, it would have been great if the State Government and Matt Brown could have contacted Council and, for that matter, myself to mark this significant milestone together.

"This is about what is best for our community.

"This proves when the three levels of Government pull in the same direction, things get done.

"I look forward to the State Government doing so on the Princes Highway south of Nowra.

"The Australian Government has committed $20 million to the highway and I urge Matt Brown and Transport Minister Tripodi to step up to the plate, acknowledge their responsibility to the road and commit funds and resources to our region's transport artery."

16/2/06

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