Pacific Highway funding boost

THE Federal Government has designated an extra $50 million toward duplicating a section of the Pacific Highway between Grafton and Coffs Harbour.

The money for the upgrade comes as a result of the NSW Government's failure to sign up for funds in time and a decision not to honour a Pacific Highway federal-funding agreement.

The NSW Government's tardiness in signing the National Building Program agreement gave the Federal Government no alternative but to withdraw maintenance funding for federally funded roads.

NRMA president Wendy Machin said the NRMA welcomed any additional funding for the Pacific Highway, however, the NSW Government's failure to sign the Nation Building Program agreement within the required time-frame was inexcusable.

“Ironically it is in fact good news for Pacific Highway users who drive on the Grafton to Coffs Harbour stretch but it's devastating news for regional communities who will miss out on much-needed maintenance funding,” Ms Machin said.

“It raises doubts about the NSW Government's ability to plan for, manage and deliver projects and to sign up for offers of future funding.”



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