NRMA president Alan Evans checks out the traffic on the Pacific Highway at Coffs Harbour yesterday.
NRMA president Alan Evans checks out the traffic on the Pacific Highway at Coffs Harbour yesterday.

One close call for NRMA chief

By DAVID MOASE

NRMA president Alan Evans took his first drive in four years along the Pacific Highway this week and by the time he arrived in Coffs Harbour he could understand why it is the cause of so much discontent.

"It is not a goat track, but . . ." he said,

"We only had one close call.

"It really is not good enough and it is about time governments put their hands into their pockets to quickly find the money to pay for improvements."

Mr Evans recently took charge of the board after the ousting of former president Ross Turnbull.

He said the organisation, which has 200,000 of its 2.2 million members living on the North Coast, would push for the fast-tracking of improvements to the highway.

"We have been looking at a whole range of options to finance construction," he said.

"Governments have done well improving their balance sheets and it is now time they invested in important infrastructure like this.

"The time line for making the highway all dual lane is too long because of the number of people who will be killed and the damage to the economy."

Mr Evans is confident his efforts to lobby for better roads in NSW will be helped by the recent appointment of Michael Costa as Roads Minister.

"I think he will bring a whole new dynamic to roads and motoring in NSW," he said.

As well as improving the roads his members travel, Mr Evans would like to see them receive better value for their membership dollar. He said the organisation had made hard decisions to put its board room and business problems behind it and was now making a healthy profit.



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