Labor welcomes the completion of the Kundabung to Kempsey section of the Pacific Highway Upgrade, which was funded by the former Federal Labor Government in 2013.
It’s pleasing to see another of the many Pacific Highway projects funded in budgets of the former Labor Government is now done and is providing real benefits for motorists up and down the NSW coast.
Labor provided $115 million for this project in our 2013 Budget, with the NSW State Government providing a matching contribution.
Indeed, in our six years in office, the former Labor Government invested $7.9 billion on the Pacific Highway Upgrade – nearly six times more than the $1.4 billion provided by the former Howard Government over 12 long years.
While the Turnbull Government has continued to roll out highway projects funded by the former Labor Government, I’m concerned it is now moving the whole duplication project into the slow lane.
Budget documents show that while the Government invested $1.37 billion on Pacific Highway projects in the year to June 30, this financial year’s investment will fall to $710 million.
This raises real doubt as to whether the Government will meet its target of completing the full duplication all the way to the Queensland border by the end of the decade.
The Pacific Highway duplication will boost productivity and significantly improve road safety on this important road. It must be completed as soon as possible.