Menu
News

Doubt over Pacific Hwy funding

The RTA has confirmed that $10 million had been “allocated to further progress planning on the Woolgoolga to Ballina section of the Pacific Highway” out of the $3.6 billion currently committed by governments for various projects between Hexham and the Queensland border.
The RTA has confirmed that $10 million had been “allocated to further progress planning on the Woolgoolga to Ballina section of the Pacific Highway” out of the $3.6 billion currently committed by governments for various projects between Hexham and the Queensland border. Cathy Adams

JUST $10 million has been allocated to local Pacific Highway upgrades out of a total budget of $3.6 billion – a mere 0.027 per cent – calling into question claims by both sides of politics that a dual carriageway will be a reality in the Clarence Valley by 2016.

The RTA has confirmed that $10 million had been “allocated to further progress planning on the Woolgoolga to Ballina section of the Pacific Highway” out of the $3.6 billion currently committed by governments for various projects between Hexham and the Queensland border.

Further, the $10 million will be spent across four different areas, just one being the Wells Crossing to Iluka Rd section.

Earlier this month, Minister for Roads David Borger repeated the claim that “NSW is expected to have dual carriageway linking Victoria, Sydney and Queensland by 2016”.

The National Party’s Steve Cansdell has also made a similar promise to have a major upgrade of the Pacific Highway completed by 2016.

According to the RTA spokesman, the $10 million allocated to the local stretch of highway would help “progress planning by developing a concept plan, designs and carrying out an environmental assessment” of the preferred route.



The Advocate's fresh new look online

We have updated the presentation of The Coffs Coast Advocate website today to enhance your online reading experience.

Today sees the launch of a new look Advocate website

Major development plans in pipeline for Corindi

The rezoning of the land will potentially enable around 33 new houses, a 6,100m2 commercial centre which will include a medical centre, and a 4,600m2 motel site with a restruarant/cafe and pool.

Medical centre, motel and dozens of new houses if plans are approved

Local Partners