Hockey's 2015 budget gives nothing new for Pacific Hwy

EVEN with $50 billion in infrastructure spending, the latest Federal Budget will not be enough to quiet disappointment for Coffs Harbour with nothing new to report on the Pacific Highway upgrade.

Deputy Prime Minister Warren Truss described the budget as featuring the largest infrastructure campaign in history, topping $50 billion nationally.

Mr Truss pointed to the $5.6 billion already allocated to the Pacific Highway duplication, including the $542.5 million to be spent in the coming 2015-16 financial year.

The government had no new funds to announce for major thoroughfares across the state, instead pointing to the $1.5 billion put aside for WestConnex and the $2.9 billion for the Western Sydney Infrastructure plan.

There remains some hope, though.

Although it is not new money, the government is spending $350 million through its "Roads to Recovery Programme" and $60 million on its "Black Spot Programme" that could lead to funds for repairing Coffs Harbour roads.

Mr Truss said in a statement that the government's building plan was "helping to create tens of thousands of jobs, eliminate congestion in our cities … and improve safety for all road users".



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