Tiley offers views on highway?s future

By TOBY WALKER

IT'S been labelled a 'national disgrace', so it's no surprise that improvements to the Pacific Highway will be the main talking point at a local government summit in Ballina this Friday.

Clarence Valley Council Mayor Ian Tiley will join representatives from councils affected by the highway between the Tweed and Newcastle to discuss its future and economic importance to the region.

Member for Page Ian Causley will represent the Howard Government at the summit but organiser, the Northern Rivers Regional Organisation of Councils, is yet to secure a commitment to attend from a Carr Govern- ment minister, despite its billion dollar commitment to the highway's upgrade.

Among those who will address the summit will be NRMA president Alan Evans, who is expected to discuss the vital need to make the highway a divided carriageway between Hexham and the Queensland border.

Cr Tiley said it was important that local government representatives sent a clear message to the upper tiers of government that the highway's improvement was one of the region's highest priorities.

He said he saw the potential in a partnership between state and federal governments and private companies that would create tollways to fast track the improvements.



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