Newspaper article Coffs Coast Advocate (Coffs Harbour, Australia)

MP's Call for Highway South to Be Priority

Newspaper article Coffs Coast Advocate (Coffs Harbour, Australia)

MP's Call for Highway South to Be Priority

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FEDERAL MP Luke Hartsuyker today called on the Federal and NSW governments to make Warrell Creek to Urunga the priority for additional Pacific Highway funding.

Mr Hartsuyker's comments follow media reports the NSW and Federal governments were holding further discussions about committing additional funding for the Port Macquarie to South Kempsey upgrade.

aIt is absolutely essential that Warrell Creek to Urunga duplication is the next Pacific Highway project to receive funding,a Mr Hartsuyker said.

aSaving lives must be the priority and the reality is the section of the highway between Nambucca Heads and Urunga has been the scene of numerous fatalities.

aMore than 20 lives have been lost over the past five years and as we head in to the busy summer season that figure could rise. And let's not forget that many of the regular road users on that section of road are local commuters and children travelling to and from school.

aThis is the worst blackspot on the highway and it therefore should be the priority in all future discussions about the Pacific Highway. …

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