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THE candidates jostling to win Kingston both say extending the southern rail link is too far down the track to make a federal funding commitment.
The Southern Times Messenger asked Liberal candidate Damien Mills and sitting member, Labor's Amanda Rishworth, if they would push for funding for three projects put up by Onkaparinga Council.
On the council's funding wish list is the extension of the commuter rail line from Seaford to Aldinga.
Mr Mills said the Aldinga rail extension was a State Government project and it was not slated for construction for 20 years.
"There is no doubt about it, the extension would be a good idea and I am happy to seek federal funding for it,'' he said.
"But we would need the State Government to put it at a higher priority than it currently is.''
Ms Rishworth said she had already put a submission to Infrastructure Australia for federal funding for the rail extension.
"But before federal government money can be committed, the State Government would need to identify which route it was going to take,'' Ms Rishworth said.
"I think it is an important piece of infrastructure and have been lobbying for (it).''
Other projects on the council's wishlist include the Southern Sporting Complex at Noarlunga Downs.
The council applied for $5 million in federal funding last year as part of the proposed $37 million sports hub but was unsuccessful.
Ms Rishworth said she supported last year's application for funding from Regional Development Australia.
"To get the funding from RDA, they really have to show that the project will proceed and that is the really important part and I would certainly support them,'' she said.
Mr Mills queried who would have responsibility for the hub if and when it was built.
"I am all keen for these sorts of things, but we need to have it thought through," he said.
The council also said the Federal Government should contribute money towards a masterplan for Port Stanvac, which was expected to cost about $400,000.
Ms Rishworth said she thought the masterplan was the responsibility of the State Government and the council.
"I think the important thing that will require funding in the long term is the infrastructure that would make that masterplan a reality," she said.
Mr Mills said federal funding for a masterplan was a good idea.
This article first appeared on www.adelaidenow.com.au
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