federal member for Cowper Luke Hartsuyker. 01 April 2015 Photo Trevor Veale / Coffs Coast Advocate
federal member for Cowper Luke Hartsuyker. 01 April 2015 Photo Trevor Veale / Coffs Coast Advocate Trevor Veale

Roads, jobs on our wish list

ALL eyes were combing the balance sheets for any mention of a promised "massive" investment into Pacific Hwy upgrades as the clock ticked down to the Federal Budget announcement.

Coffs Harbour City Council's bean counters were similarly on the lookout for increased funding to the government's Roads to Recovery program.

The NRMA last week revealed Coffs Harbour had a $57.95 million backlog of unfunded road upgrades and repairs.

The deficit tallied up to $608.4 million across the entire Mid North Coast - the biggest roads infrastructure logjam of any region in the state.

Member for Cowper Luke Hartsuyker said the budget would deliver strong outcomes for the region.

"The number-one priority for the people of the North Coast is the continuation of the massive investment in the Pacific Hwy to achieve a 2020 completion date," he said.

"This will be a budget that will focus on jobs, growth and opportunity plus provide a credible path to surplus.

"The budget will address the issue of employment, particularly for young people, and will provide flexible, more affordable childcare.

"The continuation of the Nationals' Stronger Regions program delivering funding for job-creating regional projects will be vital."

Labor Member for Richmond Justine Elliot was less confident than her Nationals counterpart.

"My wish list for the Federal Budget is that Tony Abbott abandons his ongoing savage and cruel cuts from last year's budget," she said.

"The Liberal-Nationals' attack on health, education, age pensioners, families and veterans are brutally unfair.

"Tony Abbott and the Liberal National Party lied and broke their election commitments and their dishonesty and incompetence continues to hurt local families."

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