Taskforce pushes for highway

THE Pacific Highway Taskforce is maintaining its pressure on the State Government to act urgently on the upgrading of the main link between Sydney and Brisbane.

The taskforce recently travelled to Canberra to press its case for the highway to be upgraded to dual carriageway by 2016 to the Minister for Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Local Government, Anthony Albanese

Taskforce chair, Grafton mayor Councillor Richie Williamson, said for this target date to be met, the NSW Government has to urgently process the necessary planning approvals.

“The State Government needs to step up and allocate additional resources to ensure that all unconstructed sections of the Pacific Highway have had the necessary planning processes completed and are funding ready,” Cr Williamson said.

“The taskforce will be seeking commitments for the planning funding in the run-up to the State election.”

Cr Williamson said there is little benefit in providing more resources if construction is not ready to proceed.

“The NSW Minister for Roads, as a result of taskforce pressure, agreed at a meeting in March to allocate an additional $10 million to planning,” he said.

“However, far more resources are required and it will now be our priority to see that the necessary funds are allocated, and quickly.”

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