Trucks still roll through

TRUCKS will continue to thunder through Coffs Harbour and Urunga after no new money was allocated to the Pacific Highway, Federal MP Luke Hartsuyker claimed yesterday.

On Sunday, the Rudd Government announced $2.5 billion for projects on the highway but because there is no fund-matching from the NSW Government, this is considered to be money already allocated.

“This $2.5 billion in Federal funding was announced by the previous Coalition Government in 2007,” said Mr Hartsuyker.

“The funds have been included in the Budget's forward estimates and have already been included in the current Pacific Highway upgrade schedule.

“That means that trucks will continue to thunder through communities such as Coffs Harbour and Urunga, which have yet to be bypassed.”

The current Pacific Highway agreement, which ends on June 30, 2009, is funded on a 50-50 arrangement between the NSW and Federal Governments.

Mr Hartsuyker said the Rudd Government has missed out on the opportunity to increase their investment in infrastructure.



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