Minister to attend highway meeting
NSW Premier Kristina Keneally will not join the region’s mayors for a tour of the 212km stretch of the Pacific Highway between Coffs Harbour and Ballina.
Instead, Ms Keneally will send the Minister for State and Regional Development, Ian Macdonald, in her place.
The mayors from Clarence Valley, Richmond, Ballina and Coffs Harbour councils last week sent letters to Ms Keneally and Opposition Leader Barry O’Farrell, inviting them to see for themselves the relatively poor condition of the section of the Pacific Highway, where an average of 20 lives are claimed per year.
“The minister will be travelling to Coffs Harbour to meet all the regional mayors regarding the Pacific Highway upgrades,” a spokeswoman from Mr Macdonald’s office told The Daily Examiner yesterday.
She did not indicate when the trip would take place.
Asked whether Mr Macdonald would join the mayors for a tour of the infamous stretch of road, the spokeswoman replied: “He’ll be talking to the mayors; directly about the drive, I can’t comment.”
Clarence Valley Mayor Richie Williamson was unavailable for comment yesterday.
The Opposition Leader, Barry O’Farrell, is overseas and will return to the country next week.