Newspaper article Coffs Coast Advocate (Coffs Harbour, Australia)

Abbott U-Turn on Bypass in 30 Minutes

Newspaper article Coffs Coast Advocate (Coffs Harbour, Australia)

Abbott U-Turn on Bypass in 30 Minutes

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Byline: Graeme Singleton

COFFS Harbour came tantalisingly close to getting a Coalition commitment to a highway bypass this week, only to lose it as a misunderstanding.

In the city on Wednesday during his drive down the coast at the wheel of a semi-trailer, Opposition Leader Tony Abbott was pressed about whether his promise to fund the completion of the Pacific Highway upgrade included a bypass of Coffs Harbour.

aMy understanding the $7 billion or so that will be spent does include a bypass. That's my understanding,a Mr Abbott told The Advocate's Brad Greenshields.

Alas, within half an hour, a call to our office from the office of local MP Luke Hartsuyker corrected the Opposition Leader's a[approximately]understanding' of the issue.

A bypass was not on any agenda because technically the highway running through Coffs Harbour was already a divided dual carriageway.

Everyone who lives here knows what living with highway traffic thundering through the heart of our city is doing to us. …

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