State election 2019: Liberal government commit $188m to Fingal Bay Link Road project

The NSW Government has committed to spending $188 million to deliver the long awaited Fingal Bay Link Road.

Roads Minister Melinda Pavey and Liberal candidate for Port Stephens Jaimie Abbott announced in Nelson Bay on Tuesday morning that, if elected on March 23, the NSW Government would design and build the by-pass as a state road.

“Thanks to this government’s strong financial management, we can invest in projects such as Fingal Bay Link Road, which are critically important to residents and businesses in Port Stephens,” Mrs Pavey said.

“I know the community and Port Stephens Council want this road. As a councillor, Jaimie has been one of the strongest advocates for this road. I am always reminded by locals of the need for this new road connection, and Jaimie has certainly been strong in reinforcing that position.”

Ms Abbott said she had made Fingal Bay Link Road a priority, reflecting the passion of her constituents in calling for the road to provide a second access route for the community.

“I know the Fingal Bay and Shoal Bay communities have faced a long wait for the Fingal Bay Link Road. I am very happy to be here today to confirm that under a NSW Liberals and Nationals Government, it will be built,” Ms Abbott said.

“The proposed Fingal Bay Link Road will improve traffic flow, journey times and safety for motorists as well as supporting tourism in the area.”

A route options report, to include concept designs, traffic modelling, heritage and environmental investigations to determine a preferred route, would be completed this year if the Liberal party was re-elected this month, Mrs Pavey said.

The road is expected to include new fauna crossings and fencing that have been proven to protect wildlife. 

More to come.