Bud­get make or break for by­pass

Funds ‘must’ be in­cluded in Fed­eral Bud­get, says Hart­suyker MP

The Coffs Coast Advocate - - ONLINE -

IN THE lead-up to the Fed­eral Bud­get, the case for the Coffs Har­bour By­pass is reach­ing a crit­i­cal point.

Na­tion­als Mem­ber for Cow­per Luke Hart­suyker this week prompted his own govern­ment to­wards a fund­ing com­mit­ment, say­ing a com­mit­ment to the Coffs Har­bour By­pass must be in­cluded in or­der to max­imise the re­turn on record in­vest­ment in the Pa­cific High­way.

Mr Hart­suyker said he had been lob­by­ing for govern­ment fund­ing for the by­pass for an ex­tended pe­riod of time.

“I met with Deputy Prime Min­is­ter (Michael) McCor­mack within one week of him be­ing sworn in as Min­is­ter for In­fras­truc­ture to brief him on the ur­gent need to fund the by­pass,” Mr Hart­suyker said.

Mr Hart­suyker, Coffs Har­bour City Coun­cil gen­eral man­ager Steve McGrath and Mayor Denise Knight last month met with the Deputy Prime Min­is­ter in Can­berra to dis­cuss the by­pass.

“The ex­po­nen­tial in­crease of traf­fic through Coffs Har­bour is be­com­ing un­ten­able, with 12 sets of traf­fic lights stop­ping trucks and mo­torists on our lo­cal streets,” Mr Hart­suyker said.

“We have seen a 95 per cent re­duc­tion in road fa­tal­i­ties where dual-car­riage­way works have been com­pleted.

“The Coffs Har­bour By­pass will make our lo­cal roads safer.”

Mr Hart­suyker said he had spo­ken to Mr McCor­mack again this week about the press­ing need for fund­ing.

“The draft routes for this project were first re­leased in July 2001 – nearly 17 years ago,” Mr Hart­suyker said.

“Our com­mu­nity has waited for this by­pass for far too long.

“While there is more work to do be­fore con­struc­tion can start, it is ab­so­lutely vi­tal the Coffs Har­bour By­pass is funded in next month’s Fed­eral Bud­get so work can be­gin as quickly as pos­si­ble.”

The Fed­eral Bud­get 2018-19 will be re­leased at 7.30pm on May 8.

‘‘ THE EX­PO­NEN­TIAL IN­CREASE OF TRAF­FIC THROUGH COFFS HAR­BOUR IS BE­COM­ING UN­TEN­ABLE, WITH 12 SETS OF TRAF­FIC LIGHTS STOP­PING TRUCKS AND MO­TORISTS. NA­TION­ALS MEM­BER FOR COW­PER LUKE HART­SUYKER

Photo: Leigh Jensen

BOT­TLE­NECK: Traf­fic jams are a com­mon sight on the Pa­cific High­way at Coffs Har­bour and lo­cal driv­ers are be­com­ing in­creas­ingly frus­trated by by­pass fund­ing de­lays.

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