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$200 Million to deliver Pacific Highway Bypass of Coffs Harbour

NSW Deputy Premier Troy Grant and Minister for Roads and Freight and the North Coast Duncan Gay today announced a re-elected NSW Liberals & Nationals Government would invest $200 million towards building a Coffs Harbour bypass.

“A bypass of Coffs Harbour has been on the cards for years but only the NSW Liberals & Nationals Government has a plan to deliver it,” Mr Grant said.

“Since March 2011, the NSW Liberals & Nationals Government has delivered an extra $2 billion to fast track upgrades of the Pacific Highway, a stark contrast to NSW Labor which ripped $300 million from the project in their infamous 2008 mini-Budget.

“The Australian and NSW Coalition governments have also restored the 80:20 funding split abandoned by Federal Labor in 2011, meaning the full duplication of the highway can be completed by the end of this decade,” Mr Grant said.

“Andrew Fraser has been a hardworking advocate for his local community who are now reaping the benefits of a Liberals & Nationals Government.”

The $200 million will be sourced from the NSW Government’s $20 billion Rebuilding NSW Infrastructure Plan – a historic plan to deliver critical public infrastructure ignored and neglected by NSW Labor for 16 years.

Minister Gay said a bypass of Coffs Harbour would remove a notorious pinch point on the Pacific Highway by taking traffic, notably trucks, away from the town’s busy centre.

“NSW Labor should have built a Coffs Harbour bypass more than a decade ago but as everyone knows; Labor on the Mid North Coast has always been a road to nowhere,” Mr Gay said.

“Only the NSW Liberals & Nationals Government can be relied on to deliver the road upgrades this community needs and deserves.”

Member for Coffs Harbour Andrew Fraser said this was an historic day for the people and businesses of Coffs Harbour and the wider Mid North Coast community.

“I’m extremely pleased to have the Deputy Premier and Minister in my electorate today for this announcement which will ease a lot of pressure on our local road system.

“If re-elected, over the coming months, I will be working closely with the Coffs Harbour community and the Federal Government to finalise a preferred route for the bypass,” Mr Fraser said.

“$200 million represents a massive boost to get this bypass project up and running.”

The Liberals & Nationals have made a $200 million Rebuilding NSW funding allocation for the Coffs Harbour bypass subject to a final business case.

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