Hartsuyker unhappy with Opposition's Pacific Hwy claims
COWPER MP Luke Hartsuyker has hit back at Opposition claims the Coalition is short changing the North Coast when it comes to the Pacific Hwy.
Yesterday Nationals leader and Minister for Infrastructure, Warren Truss, was asked during Question Time to identify any new projects on the Pacific Highway that had not been delivered by previous Labor Budgets.
Former Deputy Prime Minister and now Opposition spokesman for Infrastructure and Transport, Anthony Albanese, said Mr Truss was unable to do so.
Mr Hartsuyker jumped to the defence of the Coalition's commitment to the Pacific Hwy announced in last month's Federal Budget.
"Labor's claims are nothing more than hollow rhetoric," Mr Hartsuyker said.
"The reality is they left the budget in such a mess. They made promises without providing any funding or they withdrew funding to cover for their budget mess.
"The Federal Coalition will end the blame game between the Commonwealth and NSW Governments and deliver the funds required to complete the upgrade by 2020.
Mr Hartsuyker said the Coalition has not only pledged to have the Pacific Hwy upgrade completed by the end of the decade, but will deliver on that pledge.
"The Federal Coalition will deliver on our election commitment of $5.6bn to complete the Pacific Highway upgrade by 2020," he said.
"Under our 80:20 funding agreement with the NSW Government, works will continue in 2014/15 to ensure that deadline is met."
Mr Hartsuyker added funding allocated in the 2014/15 budget will see the following works undertaken:
- Construction commencing on the $965 million Oxley to Kundabung upgrade. Contract awarded.
- Construction commencing on the $230 million Kundabung to Kempsey upgrade. Contract awarded.
- Construction continuing on the $675 million Frederickton to Eungai upgrade.
- Construction commencing on the $475 million Warrell Creek to Nambucca Heads upgrade. Preferred tenderer announced.
- Construction continuing on the $780 million for Urunga to Nambucca Heads upgrade.
- The completion of the $850 million Sapphire to Woolgoolga upgrade.
- The finalising of planning for the Woolgoolga to Ballina section upgrade