Deputy Prime Minister Michael McCormack will today visit Coffs Harbour.
Deputy Prime Minister Michael McCormack will today visit Coffs Harbour. Trevor Veale

Deputy Prime Minister to visit Coffs Harbour

AFTER ensuring the 2018 Federal Budget contained a $971 million funding commitment for the Coffs Harbour Pacific Highway Bypass, Deputy Prime Minister Michael McCormack will today visit Coffs Harbour.

Mr McCormack, the Minister for Infrastructure, will inspect the preferred route for the bypass with Federal Member for Cowper Luke Hartsuyker and Federal Member for Page Kevin Hogan this morning.

After a $971 million outlay was announced ahead the recent Federal Budget, Mr McCormack took to the floors of parliament to unveil the time-frame for the massive project.

"This has been a project called for by the community for decades and committed too by this Liberals Nationals government," Mr McCormack said.

"The Coffs bypass will reduce travel times, perhaps more importantly it will save lives.

"This project will create hundreds of jobs during construction on the North Coast.

"Construction will start in 2020 once the environmental aspects are taken care of and the engineering details are also looked at and we expect the project to be finished in 2023.

"The mayor of Coffs Harbour councillor Denise Knight said she was thrilled 'we've waited a long time for this, it shows what we can do when all levels of government work together' and that's exactly what's happening and I also praise the Nationals Member for Coffs Harbour Andrew Fraser for his passionate advocacy over many, many years

"The Coffs bypass is part of our broader Pacific Highway funding package, which is now up to $5.46 billion meaning there are hundreds of kilometres of upgraded highway from Sydney almost to Grafton."



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