So where's our promise, Premier?
NSW Premier Kristina Keneally refuses to reconsider touring the North Coast horror stretch of the Pacific Highway next month despite signing onto a state-wide campaign to reduce NSW’s road toll.
The I Promise to Drive Safely campaign was launched in a Sydney newspaper this week, with the Premier signing up.
Last month Ms Keneally snubbed an invitation by four North Coast mayors to her and the Leader of the NSW Opposition Barry O’Farrell to tour the deadly section of highway between Coffs Harbour and Ballina.
Three more people have died on that stretch of the highway since then. The notorious 212km section is one of the busiest roads in the country and remains almost 90 per cent undivided despite repeated promises by successive governments to upgrade the surface.
A spokeswoman for the Premier yesterday reiterated Ms Keneally’s intention to send her Minister for State and Regional Development, Ian Macdonald.
“The Premier has every confidence that as the Minister for State and Regional Development and the Duty MLC for Coffs Harbour, Mr Macdonald, is the most appropriate NSW Government representative on this issue,” the spokeswoman told The Northern Star.
“She looks forward to discussing this important issue with the Minister.”