THE silence from our local federal and state National Party on their commitment to the Pacific Hwy upgrade is becoming deafening.

The voters should have their B.S. meters on red alert as the Nationals squirm out of their 50/50 funding responsibility with Federal Labor.

Luke Hartsuyker and Andrew Fraser should be held to account at the ballot box if they fail to convince their respective leaders that this is the number-one priority for this electorate as many polls have indicated.

Tony Abbott's latest cash splash for infrastructure in Sydney should set alarm bells ringing for all of us.

The Labor Party has committed to the funding and has pumped a lot of money into the community as a direct result of their highway commitment and will contribute to the saving of many lives.

The fact this electorate has been represented by the Nationals for decades and yet most of the big- ticket items such as the hospital and the highway have been while Labor governments at state and federal levels have been in power is telling.

Let's see what we can achieve with either an independent or other party at the next election; we certainly couldn't do any worse than what's been dished up to us at the moment.

Tony Clark



Bellingen Anzac March

Bellingen Anzac March

Bellingen Anzac Day march.

Coffs Harbour Dawn Service

Coffs Harbour Dawn Service

Scenes from this morning's Coffs Harbour Anzac Day Dawn Service.

Gallery: Sawtell Anzac Day march

Gallery: Sawtell Anzac Day march

LOCALS gather at Sawtell's First Ave for Anzac Day march.

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