Cowper MP Luke Hartsuyker has backed up Nationals leader Warren Truss and plans for a Pacific Highway upgrade.
Cowper MP Luke Hartsuyker has backed up Nationals leader Warren Truss and plans for a Pacific Highway upgrade. JoJo Newby

Hartsuyker backs Truss on highway

SPEAKING from The Nationals conference in Canberra, Cowper MP Luke Hartsuyker has backed his leader's pledge to upgrade the Pacific Highway if elected to government in 2013.

"Nationals leader Warren Truss yesterday announced a future Coalition Government will provide $5.64 billion to complete the duplication of the Pacific Highway and restore the 80/20 funding partnership with the NSW Government," Mr Hartsuyker said.

"This announcement provides an extra $2.08 billion in new funding for the Pacific Highway - and it means an end of the 'blame game' when it comes to the Highway.

"The funding commitment of $2.08 billion is on top of the $3.56 billion already on the table.

"The Pacific Highway has been voted the worst road in NSW by NRMA members for the past two years.

"Too many people have died and too many families have paid a terrible price.

"Our whole community feels the burden of this road as we all know someone who has been killed, injured or had a near miss on this road.

Mr Hartsuyker said the Coalition had made a sensible call by redirecting the $2.08 billion from funding for an Epping to Parramatta rail line.

"This is the right call and it brings the Commonwealth's funding back up to the standard 80/20 ratio and will get the Pacific Highway completion back on track," he added.

"My pledge to North Coast residents is the Coalition will complete the Pacific Highway and this $5.6 billion announcement will ensure it happens."