Labor deceit on display on the North Coast over Grafton Bridge
Minister for Roads and Freight and Minister for the North Coast Duncan Gay has slammed Labor’s Luke Foley for deceiving the Grafton community over the second crossing of the Clarence River.
Mr Foley claimed:
“Mike Baird and Troy Grant have told the people of Grafton cop the privatisation of electricity and we’ll buy you off with a bridge.”
This is false. The truth is the Grafton Bridge if funded by the Liberals and Nationals through the state’s dedicated infrastructure fund, Restart NSW, and work will be starting in coming weeks. Construction of the Grafton Bridge has nothing whatsoever to do with poles and wires.
“Luke Foley is on the North Coast again playing more games with a bridge they had 16 years to build and stubbornly refused to start,” Mr Gay said.
“Not to mention this is the same bridge Bob Carr promised he would build in 2004 and Labor did nothing.
“The NSW Liberals and Nationals has committed $177 million from existing Restart NSW funds – largely sourced from the long term lease of ports – which Labor also opposed but is now happy to spend the proceeds.
“Unlike former Labor governments our election commitments are non-negotiable and while Labor is out there deceiving the people of Grafton.
“If re-elected, NSW Labor plans to use $4.9 billion from Restart NSW to fund infrastructure in Sydney, ripping funding out of regional NSW and in fact cancelling projects like the Grafton Bridge.”
Member for Clarence Chris Gulaptis said Labor had no problem taking money slated for vital infrastructure projects, like the Grafton Bridge, and redirecting it to fight their own political turf war with the Greens.
“Labor spent years promising this bridge but abandoned these plans time and time again,” Mr Gulaptis said.
“The people of Grafton will never forget how Labor abandoned them and this bridge for 16 years.”