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The Deputy Prime Minister Anthony Albanese conducted a whistle stop tour of sites across the Illawarra on Tuesday to help bolster Labor's electoral fortunes.
At the centrepiece of a string of announcements covering Gerringong, Shellharbour and Wollongong came a further $50-million dollars for the Maldon to Dombarton rail line.
When former Prime Minister Julia Gillard visited Wollongong in October 2011 she committed $25-million for studies to make the project shovel ready.
Mr Albanese, who's vast portfolio includes Infrastructure, says the additional seed funding will be used to encourage private investment.
"This $50-million I think will be an incentive for a private operator to come in and make sure Maldon Dombarton is completed," he said.
He says two private consortia are already interested, but the Liberal Opposition leader Tony Abbott is not.
"Of we know this project was started by a state Labor govt back in the 1980s," he said.
"The Libs came to power in 1988 and they stopped it stone dead.
"Since then the federal Liberals have said they won't contribute any funding to this project."
Greens candidate for Cunningham Helen Wilson says another rail link is needed to connect Wollongong to the Sydney region.
"The railway line that goes to Sydney over that rickety old viaduct, that is going to fail sooner or later," she said.
"So we need another link and we need more public transport, we need more corridors for freight.
"We have got to take coal trucks off our roads."
The ABC also sought comment from the Liberal candidate for Throsby Larissa Mallinson.
This article first appeared on www.abc.net.au
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