Steve Cansdell.
Steve Cansdell.

MP takes Zanuso case to parliament

THE case of Nathan Zanuso’s tragic death on the Pacific Highway at Ulmarra was taken to state parliament on Tuesday by Member for Clarence Steve Cansdell who berated the Premier for not replying to Nathan’s parents’ emails.

Only hours before, and unbeknown to Mr Cansdell, Leonie Zanuso received a phone call from the Premier’s office apologising for the delay in responding to the four emails and offering condolences.

Nathan’s 4WD ute was hit head-on by a B-Double truck which, according to early reports, crossed the highway about 4.40am on Thursday, February 11. He died in hospital eight days later.

Leonie said a woman from the Premier’s office explained that the couple’s four emails had been cleared from the Premier’s office website and sent to the transport minister.

“They have met with the transport minister this week and will provide a written response shortly,” Leonie said.

Mr Cansdell told parliament that closure was important to the Zanusos. “One can understand the grief these parents are going through. I have spoken to Nathan’s father, Paul, on the phone. He said to me, ‘Steve, I think I am turning into an alcoholic, just through my grief. My wife, I think, is going through depression’.”

Mr Cansdell repeated his call for a dual-lane carriageway on the highway. He said it had been 103 days since the mayors of the North Coast invited the Premier to inspect the northern section of Pacific Highway, in which time there had been eight deaths. Opposition leader Barry O’Farrell undertook an inspection in April.



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