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Taskforce demands highway details

THE Pacific Highway Taskforce will hold the ALP and the Coalition to their commitments to finish the highway upgrade from Hexham to the Queensland border by 2016.

Taskforce interim chairman and Bellingen Mayor Mark Troy said he welcomed the pledges, but they had not been backed by a firm delivery plan or proposals.

“Communities serviced by the Pacific Highway and commuters of the highway need to know when and how the unfinished sections of the highway will be financed,” Cr Troy said.

“The Commonwealth Government has made it very clear they also have a commitment to complete construction by 2016 and that they will release resources for the project once the State Government has finalised planning and has agreed to fund their portion of the costs.”

The taskforce believes the state government elected on March 26 should be able to, within a reasonable period of time, set a timetable to complete the planning of all yet to be constructed sections and provide a forward financial model indicating how and when it will contribute to the construction.

“Only then will the electors of this state know how truly committed the State Government is to completing this important infrastructure project.”



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