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Surprise bypass election promise worries Moruya traders

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The Moruya Business Chamber says traders are concerned about a loss of livelihood and income if a bypass, promised by the NSW Government yesterday, goes ahead.  

The Moruya Business Chamber president Jude Manahan says the first Moruya traders heard about a proposed bypass, announced by the Premier Gladys Berejiklian and Member for Bega and Transport and Infrastructure Minister, Andrew Constance, yesterday was yesterday morning.

The politicians were in Moruya to make the $960 million announcement, which includes the duplication of sections of the highway from Jervis Bay Road to Sussex Inlet Road, in the Shoalhaven;  planning for a Milton and Ulladulla bypass and upgrades from Burrill Lake to Batemans Bay. 

Ms Manahan says the announcement was "alarming to local traders" and says while they are not against safety upgrades to the highway they have to think about their futures. She says there has been no consultation and it is unclear whether the proposal is for a 70km or 110km bypass.

Ms Manahan says the town is establishing itself as a destination and a bypass would be "premature". She says when she asked Mr Constance about the detail he said the Roads and Maritime Service would be in touch. 

The NSW Government yesterday also promised to give Eurobodalla Shire Council $3.5 million dollars toward the construction of new water treatment and sewerage system at Nelligen.