Newspaper article Tweed Daily News (Tweed Heads, Australia)

Highway Upgrade Vague

Newspaper article Tweed Daily News (Tweed Heads, Australia)

Highway Upgrade Vague

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FEDERAL Infrastructure Minister Anthony Albanese has stopped short of a full commitment to complete the Pacific Highway dual carriageway upgrade by 2016.

Speaking from Goonellabah where he was opening the new skate park on Saturday morning, Mr Albanese handled a barrage of questions on infrastructure, but his only promise was to complete 85 per cent of the dual carriageway between Melbourne and Brisbane by 2014.

He did not say how much of the North Coast section would be left unfinished though it is understood that only 75 per cent of Sydney to the Queensland border will be finished.

When pushed he said the Federal Government could not be held to account for the previous government's de-funding of the project but he remained committed to the full duplication of the Pacific Highway by 2016.

"We're putting our money where our mouth is; $3.1 billion has been allocated - and that is all going towards meeting our objective of 2016 for full completion," said Mr Albanese. …

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