THE Illawarra will miss out on more than $100 million in promised federal infrastructure funding after the new Coalition government confirmed it would not provide money for several major projects approved under Labor.
Also, $500,000 for a wharf at Shellharbour announced by former deputy Prime Minister Anthony Albanese a week prior to the election is now in doubt.
Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development Warren Truss confirmed to Fairfax Media last week his government would not be funding a number of Labor's commitments, including $42m for the upgrade of Mount Ousley Road and $7.4m for the region's new football headquarters at Dapto.
His office was unable to confirm whether $50m allotted to attract private funding for the Maldon-Dombarton rail link would go ahead.
The boat harbour upgrade in Shellharbour aimed to improve access and boost tourism.
Mr Albanese and Labor candidate for Gilmore Neil Reilly announced the now former government would give $500,000 funding to upgrade and widen the existing boat ramp and construct a new jetty.
It is a key feature of the Shellharbour Foreshore Improvement Project, which includes shared walking and cycle paths, landscaping and park furniture.
This project, along with the home of football, was to be funded through round five of the RDA Illawarra fund.
However, it will now have to be reassessed under the Coalition's new National Stronger Regions fund.
A spokesman for Mr Truss, Brett Heffernan, said the Coalition had promised it would honour any Labor projects with signed contracts but as the Illawarra projects were uncontracted, they would have to be reassessed.
"They haven't been assessed and allocated money," he said.
"One of the problems a lot of areas are facing is that the government went along, prior to the election, and announced money for projects all over the country, knowing [there] was no money in the kitty for it because it was contingent on the mining tax; secondly, they went out there in the shadow of what they were expecting to be election doom and made promises they knew they would never need to keep."
Throsby MP Stephen Jones labelled the decision an "absolute disgrace", but would continue to lobby for the projects.
"There has been bipartisan support for these projects locally, and the money is there in the budget," he said.
"It's pure politics and bloody-mindedness."
Shellharbour Mayor Marianne Saliba was disappointed plans for the Shellharbour wharf would have to be reassessed. She dubbed the move a "slap in the face" to the community.
"We spent so much work preparing the application, we submitted it in round three and weren't successful and then resubmitted it and it was accepted so we're ready to go with it," she said.
"We're just waiting on the money.
"It feels like we're back to square one now.
"It doesn't surprise me . . . I did half-expect [it] but it doesn't make it any less disappointing.
"The rescue service operating out of Shellharbour; it would have been an asset for them."