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Keeping Australia Moving around Alstonville.



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John Anderson Leader of the National Party - Deputy Prime Minister - Minister for Transport and Regional Services -Federal Member for Gwydir

Keeping Australia Moving around Alstonville 29th October 2001

The National/Liberal Party will contribute $12 million toward the construction of the Alstonville Bypass as a Road of National Importance, the Leader of the National Party, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Transport and Regional Services, John Anderson, said today.

The Alstonville Bypass is part of the Coalition's $336 million transport action plan, which Mr Anderson released today.

"Keeping Australia Moving is an integrated plan to improve our national transport infrastructure. Only the Coalition Government has the plans, the experience and the people to make the hard decisions that Australia needs," Mr Anderson said.

Alstonville, a hinterland village on the Bruxner Highway between Ballina and Lismore, copes with more than 13,000 vehicles passing through its main street every day.

"More than half the vehicles have their origin and destination outside Alstonville. The volume of traffic in a narrow street creates problems for people doing business in the town, residents, school children and the elderly, who fear for their safety. The construction of the bypass will remove these problems," Mr Anderson said.

"The Alstonville Bypass commitment was only possible due to the efforts of the Community Services Minister and Member for Richmond, Larry Anthony. Larry has done a splendid job and was instrumental in our decision to take the bypass forward as a priority.

"The New South Wales Roads and Traffic Authority has progressed planning for the bypass and a preferred route has been settled. An environmental impact statement for the project was submitted to the Department of Urban Affairs and Planning a few months ago and is awaiting determination.

"The NSW Government is responsible for the Bruxner Highway, but it has not yet made a commitment to fund the bypass. I call on the state government to reconsider its priorities and join with us to build the bypass," Mr Anderson said.

Keeping Australia Moving announces an additional $180 million to fix dangerous black spots on the nation's roads. The Coalition is also continuing the $1.2 billion Roads to Recovery program. The Ballina Shire Council is receiving $1.97 million of additional local roads funding under the program.