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Labor promises $6 million to upgrade ‘notorious’ Lake Mac roundabout

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With the 2023 NSW Election fast approaching, Labor candidate for Lake Macquarie Steve Ryan has been busy on the hustings.

The man hoping to usurp Independent incumbent Greg Piper on 25 March announced a Chris Minns-led government would deliver an additional $6 million to upgrade the notorious Speers Point roundabout.

But, only if the party wins this weekend.

“The money will go towards improving the current proposed enhancement that is woefully inadequate and fast-track the project from its current start date of 2025,” Mr Ryan said.

“Traffic congestion is the number one issue in Lake Macquarie and for too long we have missed out on major road upgrades.

“The current proposal from Transport for NSW is for metered lighting, which I have repeatedly said is inadequate for such a busy intersection.

“This $6 million promise more than doubles the budget for this project that will allow for a new design, which could include ripping up the roundabout and installing a full set of traffic lights.”

Earlier in the week, Mr Ryan pledged $150,000 to improve the playground at Keith Barry Oval.

“While doorknocking in the area, I repeatedly heard how the western end of Toronto misses out on infrastructure and funding,” he said.

The funding was just one of a series of commitments in the Lake Macquarie electorate.

A further $40,000 will go to the Woodrising Neighbourbood Centre for the installation of a rooftop

solar system with battery storage.

This will allow the facility to reduce its running costs and to be a place of refuge for the community during extreme weather events.

Another $6,000 has been allocated to The Pamper Care Project that operates from the centre, providing both fresh produce and pantry items for locals in need.

“As demand for food increases with the rising cost of living, this funding will allow The Pamper Care Project to keep its cupboards stocked so no one is turned away,” Mr Ryan said.

Wyee Rural Fire Brigade will receive $40,000, under Labor, to buy specialised equipment, conduct capital works at the station and install an electronic sign to convey safety information to residents, while $20,000 will go to Bonnells Bay Public School to upgrade the outdoor play area.

“The school community has raised 80% of the funds required,” Mr Ryan said.

“So, I’m pleased to have secured the final amount to get the project across the line.

“A major component of the upgrade is installing a sustainable nature playground at the school.”

Meanwhile, the Coal Point Progress Association will pick up $8,000 for works on the local hall.

Home to yoga and art classes, the facility is also hired out for birthdays and the occasional wedding.

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