NSW Roads Minister Duncan Gay.
NSW Roads Minister Duncan Gay. Trevor Veale

Gay: Pacific Hwy project delays won't affect 2020 deadline

MORE delays for Pacific Hwy projects between Woolgoolga and Ballina will not impact the State Government's promised 2020 deadline, according to NSW Roads Minister Duncan Gay.

Weekend news reports revealed a change in the infrastructure funding model meant "priority three projects" would go ahead but works at Maclean and Ballina were on hold until further notice.

In the lead up to this year's federal election, the Coalition committed to fund 80% of the Pacific Hwy costs - $1 billion this year and $2.6 billion over the next four years - but leaked documents suggested this year's funding had been reduced by $70 million.

NSW Labor spokesman Walt Secord told the Sydney Morning Herald the O'Farrell Government had tried to "slip this awful news under the radar" and demanded a new timetable for the Pacific Hwy completion.

Mr Gay rejected claims of funding cuts and said the money had simply been "rephased".

He put the delays down to problems arising from the previous government and maintained that the current state and federal governments were getting on with the job "as quick as possible" and continued to share the goal of completing the upgrades by 2020.


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