Hume MP refutes Macarthur MP's car park claims

Angus Taylor. Picture: Elesa Kurtz
Angus Taylor. Picture: Elesa Kurtz

Hume MP Angus Taylor has refuted claims that the federal government's promised commuter car park upgrades in Macarthur had been neglected.

A searing Australian National Audit Office report released last week found the Morrison government's commuter car park scheme was not effective or merit-based.

Labor said the scheme was 'sports rorts on steroids' at the time.

Macarthur MP Dr Mike Freelander said the government had failed to deliver any tangible results with the next election cycle fast approaching.

"Much like their track record on Appin Road, the government has now been caught out overpromising and under-delivering when it comes to urgently needed infrastructure for our rapidly growing area," he said.

"As at the end of March, the government had commenced work on just five of the promised commuter carpark upgrades nationally, with their commitments in Macarthur remaining unmet.

"Just two upgrades have been completed around the country... Macarthur residents deserve better."

However, Mr Taylor said he strongly rejected Dr Freelander's comments.

"It is normal practice in the delivery of infrastructure projects for there to be a significant lead time between the announcement of the project and construction commencing," he said.

"I can confirm that planning for both projects at Campbelltown and Macarthur railway stations is under way. Campbelltown Council have put out a request for tender for design consultancy, which is expected to close mid-July.

"In relation to Appin Road, this is a $68 million project.

"Early works have already been completed, and the main project is currently in planning with construction expected to commence in September 2022 and be completed by early 2024.

"This has always been the forecast of works."

Mr Taylor said the Australian Government had committed $22.09 million in total funding towards increasing commuter car parking in Campbelltown.

He said the government had also committed $15 million in funding towards increasing commuter car parking for Macarthur Station.

Both of these projects are still in planning stages.

The auditor general's report said the approach to selecting commuter car park projects "was not appropriate" - as the government had chosen projects on a "non-competitive, non-application based process".

- withAustralian Associated Press