Statement by President, Andrew Woodward, 3 November 2017
HARTSUYKER CONFIRMS PACIFIC HIGHWAY BUNGLE AND BLAMES GOVERNMENT CASH FLOW PROBLEM
The Member for Cowper, Luke Hartsuyker, has dropped an embarrassing clanger in trying to explain the bungle that won’t see the Pacific Highway upgrade between Port and Coffs opened before Christmas.
The $830 million Warrell Creek to Nambucca Heads upgrade of the Pacific Highway was due to open before Christmas, bypassing Macksville and Nambucca Heads thus preventing lengthy traffic jams of holiday motorists.
In a response to yesterday’s news in the Coffs Harbour Advocate, Mr Hartsuyker:
- Confirmed the project won’t open on schedule, as promised and as promoted saying: “Macksville should be opened for Christmas, the Warrell Creek end won’t be“.
- Confirmed there was an administrative bungle between the federal and state governments that had slowed the project down: ‘stages of highway construction depended on government cash-flow‘.
- Cited the availability of contractors, which defies belief, and non-existent weather issues as potential sources of delay.
It is outrageous, embarrassing and alarming for Mr Hartsuyker to confess that the Turnbull and Berejiklian Governments couldn’t deliver the cash to have this critical infrastructure project delivered on time and as repeatedly promised.
Luke Hartsuyker is making things up as he goes along. He’s clearly got no idea when it comes to delivering major projects on the Pacific Highway.
Updated: 3 November 2017