Unite to upgrade
THE dual carriageway upgrade of the Pacific Highway can be complete in 10 years if the Federal and State governments work together and get help from the trucking and car industries.
That was the forecast of Deputy Prime Minister John Anderson yesterday after meeting in Coffs Harbour with more than 20 business and council representatives.
Mr Anderson said there were still more than 350 kilometres of roadway that needed to be brought up to dual carriageway standard.
"I want that to happen quickly and promptly," he said.
"However, the maths clearly indicate that we could bring it forward in time terms a great deal if we were to not only have both governments put money in but also ask for a contribution from the trucking and the car industry.
"That is a model that I've talked about with the NSW minister (Michael Costa).
"We are both going to propose to our respective governments that we now seriously investigate it."
Mr Anderson indicated he was in favour of a North Coast motorway with a new road built to link the existing sections of dual carriageway and tolls charged for all but local users.
"I believe that if governments commit seriously we can complete the dual carriageway upgrading of the Pacific Highway over a 10-year program," he said.