State Member for Wallsend, Ms Sonia Hornery MP, will today debate a Notice of Motion calling on the Premier to fund the next stage of the Lake Macquarie Transport Interchange.
When the Premier assumed office at the beginning of this year, she announced that one of her Government’s key priorities would be local infrastructure, along with affordable housing and a strong State economy.
The Notice of Motion calls on the Premier to fund the next stage of the LMTI in the 2017 Budget, given the importance placed on it by everyone in the Hunter.
Quotes attributable to Member for Wallsend, Sonia Hornery
“The Interchange will be a key piece of infrastructure for the broader Hunter Region. It has been recognised by Hunter Mayors as their number one infrastructure priority.”
“The business case is clear. Once finished, the Pennant Street Bridge will deliver a return of $4 for every $1 invested.”
“The Lake Macquarie Transport Interchange is a perfect example of the kind of infrastructure we need to be delivering in the twenty-first century – it will allow for a stronger transport mix to alleviate congestion and improve travel flexibility, generating connectivity between communities which will in turn drive growth and innovation.”
“The Property Council has pushed the Lake Macquarie Transport Interchange as a priority project for funding in the next State Government budget, and the project has drawn support from the NRMA, Hunter Councils, the Hunter Business Chamber and Regional Development Australia.”
“The project is too important to the future of the Hunter Region to be left unfunded and incomplete.”
“I call on the Premier to fund the Pennant Street Bridge. The economic case has been made clear, it will be a win for all involved.”