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Work on a $25 million project announced by the Prime Minister in Wollongong last year hasn't yet started.
The Maldon Dombarton rail link has a chequered political history spanning back to 1983, when the then Liberal Premier Nick Greiner stopped construction work.
Last October, on the back of a $3 million feasibility study Julia Gillard announced further funding to move the project forward.
"For anyone sceptical about what this means for the future, there are 25.5 million reasons to to us seriously," the Prime Minister said.
University of Wollongong transport analyst Dr Phillip Laird says the work will be done by the NSW Government, but they have been slow to act.
"The most positive thing I've heard from the state government is that they are prepared to have a look at it and make a decision by September," he said.
"But again one would like to see little more enthusiasm for a project that not only brings benefits to the Illawarra region but also the Sydney region".
The New South Wales Government denies it's caused any delay in progressing the rail project.
A spokesman for the Roads and Ports Minister Duncan Gay says the $25 million was allocated in this year's federal budget, despite being announced by the Prime Minister last year.
The spokesman says a submission is now being prepared in line with the federal government's process for awarding the funds.
He says tender documents for engineering and environmental studies are being prepared in anticipation of receiving the money.
This article first appeared on www.abc.net.au
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