The Federal and State Coalition Governments have still had no formal discussions concerning funding the Coffs Harbour Bypass on the Pacific Highway.
Senate Budget Estimates Committee hearings in Canberra late yesterday heard that there was no chance that the project would commence any time before 2020, if at all.
In further proof that the Federal MP for Cowper, Luke Hartsuyker, has no clout within the Turnbull Government, the committee heard no detailing planning had been undertaken and that the New South Wales Government was only now beginning to turn its mind to the preparation of a business case for Commonwealth consideration.
Officials from the Department of Infrastructure and Regional Development said that when the NSW Government produced a business case, the Government “might consider’’ a funding contribution.
But nothing would happen until the completion of the ongoing duplication of the Pacific Highway to the Queensland border, which is scheduled for 2020.
The Committee also heard that the Department had no idea how much the bypass would cost.