Greens strong in Bellinger Valley

BELLINGER Valley residents showed their Green credentials at Saturday’s election with booths in Bellingen, Gleniffer and Thora all recording more Green than Coalition votes.

Shire mayor Mark Troy said while the local trend did not surprise him, the magnitude of the Coalition win certainly had.

“The size of the Liberal Party’s win in metropolitan areas may well make it harder for rural NSW to receive its fair share – in my view this is the wild card in this result,” Cr Troy said.

He said there would be great expectations on Andrew Stoner as the local member for Oxley, deputy premier and the minister for roads.

In his role as interim chair of the Pacific Highway Taskforce, the mayor said the taskforce would be endeavouring to hold the new government to its commitment to expedite the completion of the Pacific Highway upgrade.

“But first there is a real urgency to address improvements to blackspots like the stretch between Hungry Head and Nambucca. One of the last acts of the former roads minister, David Borger, was a $10 million commitment to improve this blackspot – we hope the new government will honour this.”

He said promised changes to the NSW planning laws would take time.

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