Saffin presses govt for highway
PRESSURE is being put on the State Government by Page MP Janelle Saffin to honour its pre-election commitment to work with the Federal Government to fix the Pacific Highway.
Ms Saffin said the Federal Government recently announced an additional $1 billion in funding for the highway upgrade, on top of the $3.1 billion committed for the highway since 2007.
“I would have thought the State Government would have been cheering about this substantial new investment in the highway, but instead they appear to be baulking at the request for $750 million in matching NSW funding,” Ms Saffin said.
“Just before the State election Nationals MP Andrew Stoner, then shadow Roads Minister, said ‘The NSW Liberals and Nationals would immediately fast-track the upgrade of the Pacific Highway if elected in March'.
“The State National Party MPs must get their Liberal coalition partners to honour the commitment to this vital infrastructure.”
Ms Saffin said $450 million of the $640 million funding for the Ballina bypass was money from the Australian Government and said it was an example of a successful State/Federal Government joint initiative.
“It is now essential that the State Government continue to co-operate and come up with the $750 million funding contribution for the completion of the Pacific Highway upgrade,” Ms Saffin said.
“Last month Mr Stoner said the State Government would be a help, not a hindrance to finishing the duplication of the Pacific Highway.”