ALP pledges ‘to fix’ North Coast roads

LABOR has vowed to rein in the massive road maintenance bill gripping local councils with a dedicated North Coast backlog fund of $247million.

Labor deputy leader Linda Burney made the announcement in Lismore on Wednesday, joined by Labor candidates Isaac Smith, Paul Spooner, Ron Goodman and mayors Jenny Dowell and David Wright.

Ms Burney noted Northern Rivers councils faced almost insurmountable backlogs with Lismore's estimated at $84 million, Byron at $70million, and Kyogle Council needing an additional $25million just to upgrade aging timber bridges.

"Labor will invest in the roads of the Northern Rivers region without privatising our electricity network," Ms Burney said.

But Minister for the North Coast Duncan Gay dubbed the promise "laughable" because of Labor's poor record during its 16 years in office.

"The North Coast is not a priority for Labor. They made their regional infrastructure announcement weeks ago. Why wasn't the North Coast mentioned then?," he said.


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