Pacific Highway duplication done by decade's end

Media Release

WT089/2015

26 March 2015

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development Warren Truss has dismissed Labor's scare campaign on the Pacific Highway as ‘pathetic’.

“True to form, in the dying days of the NSW election campaign Labor is resorting to desperate last ditch attempts to confuse people about the Pacific Highway,” Mr Truss said.

“Federal and state Coalition Governments will complete the duplication of the Pacific Highway before this decade is out.

“Since coming to office, the Coalition has pumped $5.64 billion into the Pacific Highway to get the job done once-and-for-all… no ifs, no buts.

“That includes more than $2 billion in new money we have injected into the highway upgrade, transferred from Labor's defunct Epping-to-Parramatta rail line project in Sydney.

“The Coalition restored the 80% federal funding Mr Albanese and Labor walked away from when they were in government. Labor left the Pacific Highway in perpetual limbo—unfunded and with no completion date in sight.

“Finally, after years of neglect, obfuscation and double-talk from Labor, the federal and NSW Coalition governments have fully funded and are delivering the full duplication of the Pacific Highway from Hexham to the Queensland border.”

Mr Truss confirmed that all projects currently underway on the Pacific Highway are progressing as scheduled, with all sections of the upgrade to Woolgoolga either under construction or complete.

“Today, 397 kilometres (60 per cent) of the highway has been upgraded to a four-lane divided road,” he said.

“A further 123 kilometres is under construction and the final 155 kilometre section from Woolgoolga to Ballina will commence next month.

“Works on the Kundabung to Kempsey and Nambucca Heads to Urunga sections of the highway commenced under our government, as did construction on Pimilco to Teven Stage 2, Sancrox Road Interchange, Oxley Highway to Kundabung and Warrell Creek to Nambucca Heads sections.

“No thanks to Labor, these works are creating thousands of jobs. As promised by the Coalition, families, businesses and entire communities along the mid and north coasts of NSW will finally get the safer, more reliable highway they deserve.”