Newspaper article The Northern Star (Lismore, Australia)

Hwy Is a A[euro][approximately]handbrake on the North Coast'; Business Wants PM, Premier to Sign Report Cards

Newspaper article The Northern Star (Lismore, Australia)

Hwy Is a A[euro][approximately]handbrake on the North Coast'; Business Wants PM, Premier to Sign Report Cards

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A NORTH Coast business group is calling on Prime Minister Julia Gillard to provide regular reports on improvements to the Pacific Highway.

The Northern Rivers NSW Business Chamber wants Ms Gillard to provide six-monthly report cards on the upgrade to end slippages and delays in completing the overdue project.

Northern Rivers NSW Business Chamber regional manager John Murray said having the Prime Minister and NSW Premier sign off on report cards would help ensure accountability and responsibility in delivering the entire upgrade by the 2016 target.

The call for greater accountability on the upgrade was supported at a joint meeting of the NSW Business Chamber with North Coast chambers of commerce and business leaders in Coffs Harbour last week, who reiterated the importance of the road and of greater safety to the economic health of the entire region.

aThe Pacific Highway upgrade has been an ongoing saga for over 20 years, while people continue to be maimed and killed on this dangerous stretch of road. …

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