Mrs PHILLIPS (Gilmore) (16:05): I rise today to thank the Currarong community and particularly the Currarong Community Association for their years of hard work advocating for improvements to Currarong Road. This notorious road has been in desperate need of an upgrade for years. The Currarong community has simply seen too many tragic accidents and too much heartache along this stretch of road. So I was absolutely delighted that $3.6 million in joint Commonwealth and New South Wales stimulus funding will finally go towards fixing this road.
I have raised concerns in this place with the minister and in the media about Currarong Road over and over again—another of my broken records. For years I supported the community in their calls to fix the Currarong Road, and I am thrilled to see those calls are finally being listened to. Not only will this make the road safe for our community but it will also create local jobs and help to stimulate our economy.
I would like to thank Shoalhaven City Council and the member for South Coast Shelley Hancock for their work in progressing this issue. But most of all I want to thank the Currarong community, Tony Lund and all the members of the Currarong Community Association for your years of advocacy on this issue. There is no doubt that without you this would not have happened. This is a true win for our community.