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May 12, 2021

Lack of infrastructure

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Brian Dale, Mullumbimby

Two more tragic deaths on the Pacific Highway have given me cause to think about the total lack of infrastructure on the North Coast. I do not understand why our roads are full of potholes; our main highway, the Pacific is so dangerous and, in many parts, a two lane road; there are no trains; rarely a bicycle path to be seen; and residents in the north of the Byron Shire always complaining about lack of facilities.

What have our politicians and decision-makers been doing? The Anthonys were our representatives for many years. What was achieved in all that time? I remember Larry Anthony saying how dangerous riding on the Pacific Highway was; that was stating the obvious. I heard in question time that the Howard government had spent a paltry billion dollars on the Pacific Highway in 12 years. I thought we had record surpluses for many of those years. At least the Labor government has spent money on upgrading our major highway.

Similarly, most schools in the area have a school hall. I do not consider them a waste of money. As a drama teacher my first position was teaching drama outside in an undercover area. Imagine what that was like when it was cold, wet and windy. That school now has a wonderful facility. It now seems that when the Liberals win the next election we will still have a second rate internet service. Can someone from the Liberal Party give me an explanation?

On the other side of the political spectrum the state Labor government allowed the electricity system to run down so much that in the last few years the costs have risen dramatically in order to catch up with the necessary infrastructure. Dare I mention public transport in this area? Can someone from the Labor Party give me an explanation?

It seems to me citizens on the north coast have been neglected for years. It also seems that if we do not have leaders willing to represent us and put our taxes into vital infrastructure we eventually pay a much higher price. I look forward to some explanation.


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