What about a tolled by­pass?

The Coffs Coast Advocate - - NEWS OPINION - — Peter Bryant

SO THE Turn­bull gov­ern­ment is un­able to find and al­lo­cate the nec­es­sary $800,000/ $1 mil­lion to $1 bil­lion that’s needed to start con­struc­tion on the Coffs Har­bour Pa­cific Hwy by­pass in the next Fed­eral Bud­get.

We un­der­stand times are tough on the na­tional econ­omy and a re­quest from Fed­eral Roads Min­is­ter Dar­ren Ch­ester for such a com­mit­ment is lag­ging be­hind many other more press­ing fund­ing is­sues.

Let’s face it, Coffs Har­bour, there are four lanes through the city as it stands and the sin­gle-lane sec­tions are the safety pri­or­ity.

But Mr Turn­bull, look to the al­ter­na­tives. Al­low pri­vate en­ter­prise to con­struct the by­pass at its ex­pense and al­low them to put tolls in place for in­ter­state trav­ellers and freight com­pa­nies.

Makes per­fect sense given there are tolled roads in Syd­ney and Bris­bane and noth­ing in be­tween.

Al­low pri­vate en­ter­prise to con­struct the by­pass at its ex­pense and al­low them to put tolls in place.

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