Highway talks productive



COFFS HARBOUR mayor Cr Keith Rhoades is confident motorists could be enjoying a dual carriageway on the Pacific Highway by 2016.

This is the 10-year plan of a taskforce created by 26 council representatives from the North Coast and, after a meeting with NSW Minister for Roads Joe Tripodi yesterday, it appears this time it might just happen.

Speaking from Sydney yesterday Cr Rhoades said Mr Tripodi had been impressed with suggestions during the meeting.

"All the mayors of many councils have come together for one cause and we are working to move along upgrades for the Pacific Highway," Cr Rhoades said.

The meeting was a result of two recent summits held by local councils to push for an upgrading and NOROC council was also united in supporting an upgrade.

Cr Rhoades said each council would be working towards its own area although this taskforce was designed to work on the Pacific Highway as a whole.

"It appears there are ways to move forward to make sure funds are available and to make the overall 10-year plan happen."

Although it is still early days Cr Rhoades said the taskforce would be selecting an executive on November 25 during the mayoral meeting.

NOROC represents the councils of Lismore, Kyogle, Richmond Valley, Ballina, Tweed and Clarence Valley.



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