Show us the money, Independent

INDEPENDENT candidate for Clarence Richie Williamson says it's time for the Coalition to outline exactly how they will achieve their key election promises for the seat.

Mr Williamson said a story in The Daily Examiner on March 14 revealing just $10 million had been set aside for upgrading the stretch of Pacific Highway that runs through Clarence cast serious doubt over the Coalition's promise to have the highway upgrade completed by 2016.

“The people of this electorate have been given false hope about this very important issue too often in the past,” Mr Williamson said.

“So my question is simple: tell us precisely how the work will be funded, and give us a proper timeline.”

Mr Williamson said detail was also lacking on the Coalition's other big election promise for Clarence – that work on a new Clarence River crossing in Grafton would begin within four years.

“Nationals Leader Andrew Stoner was unequivocal about this when he visited Grafton last month,” Mr Williamson said.

“He said under a Coalition government people would be able to see visible evidence of work starting on the second bridge during this next (parliamentary) term.

“That's a pretty clear statement.

“What I'm asking for on behalf of the people of Clarence is how will this be achieved – where's the timeline and where will the money come from?

“If the Coalition can't give us this detail before election day on March 26, then they should not be believed.

“It's that simple.”

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