Today we inspected Cessnock Road at Testers Hollow to investigate potential infrastructure upgrades required to maintain access for local residents and visitors to the Hunter region during floods.
Maitland Mayor Councillor Peter Blackmore and Cessnock Mayor Councillor Bob Pynsent demonstrated the urgent need for a permanent solution to regular flooding, which cuts off access to communities in the Cliftleigh and Gillieston Heights areas.
Last year floods saw the residents of Gillieston Heights isolated for more than six days. This is unacceptable in the 21st century and it is unsustainable, with the cost of relief efforts set to grow in line with projected populations due to development and new housing projects in the area.
Labor supports the process being undertaken by the councils to identify, design and cost a proposal for a project which would resolve the issue.
An elected Federal Labor Government will work with local and state government to deliver such a permanent solution.
In Government, Labor invested record infrastructure funding in the Hunter Region, including the $1.5 billion Hunter Expressway, which opened at the end of last year.
Australian Bureau of Statistics figures released in January confirmed that since the Coalition took office, public infrastructure investment has plunged by 20 per cent.
When we took office, Australian was 20th among OECD nations in terms of infrastructure investment as a proportion of GDP.
When we left office, Australia was 1st.
THE HON ANTHONY ALBANESE MP
SHADOW MINISTER FOR INFRASTRUCTURE AND TRANSPORT
THE HON JOEL FITZGIBBON MP
SHADOW MINISTER FOR AGRICULTURE, FISHERIES & FORESTRY
SHADOW MINISTER FOR RURAL AFFAIRS
SPOKESPERSON FOR COUNTRY CAUCUS
MEMBER FOR HUNTER
LABOR CANDIDATE FOR PATERSON