LUKE Hartsuyker’s commitment to a bypass of Coffs Harbour has been brought into question with the Cowper MP accused of making false statements over the Coalition’s intention to build a western bypass.
Federal Transport and Infrastructure Minister Anthony Albanese has gone as far as to claim that the Federal opposition has abandoned its promise to build a western bypass of the city.
He said documents released by the Shadow Finance Minister Andrew Robb in the past week confirm a Coffs Harbour bypass is not a commitment the Liberal and National parties will honour if the Coalition is elected later this year.
Mr Albanese said that according to Mr Robb, Mr Hartsuker’s promise has ‘been discontinued’.
Mr Albanese said in an article in The Coffs Coast Advocate on March 30 this year that Mr Hartsuyker said: “Getting heavy vehicles out of the centre of Coffs Harbour and places like Urunga, Woolgoolga and Macksville, has to be the most urgent infrastructure priority in Australia.”
“We now know these were nothing more than cheap words,” Mr Albanese said. “Once again, the Nationals have been caught out over promising and under delivering.
“No wonder they currently represent the fewest number of regional electorates in the Federal Parliament.”