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Federal Illawarra MP Sharon Bird says work is not behind schedule on the Maldon to Dombarton rail project.
The Prime Minister Julia Gillard came to Wollongong in October last year to announce $25 million dollars for further studies to prepare the project for construction.
But so far none of the money has been spent.
Ms Bird says the federal government is still waiting to see what the state government plans to do.
"They have to indicate what the proposal is about, the engineering, we want to make sure it matches up with the intention of the (federal) government. But that's only a couple of weeks away," she said.
But the NSW Government says the timeframe for the project is for the studies to be ready by 2014.
This means it's feasible the work won't be completed before the next federal election in 2013.
Sharon Bird says the NSW Government owns the track and it is largely up to it to determine how and when the money is spent.
"The important thing I think to understand is the next round of national infrastructure projects that will be funded, they are done in five year periods so it will be (ready for) the 2014 - 2019 round," she said.
This article first appeared on www.abc.net.au
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