Hockey's 2015 budget gives nothing new for Pacific Hwy

EVEN with $50 billion in infrastructure spending, the latest Federal Budget will not be enough to quiet disappointment for Grafton with nothing new to report on the Pacific Highway upgrade.

Deputy Prime Minister Warren Truss described the budget as featuring the largest infrastructure campaign in history, topping $50 billion nationally.

Mr Truss pointed to the $5.6 billion already allocated to the Pacific Highway duplication, including the $542.5 million to be spent in the coming 2015-16 financial year.

The government had no new funds to announce for major thoroughfares across the state, instead pointing to the $1.5 billion put aside for WestConnex and the $2.9 billion for the Western Sydney Infrastructure plan.

There remains some hope, though.

Although it is not new money, the government is spending $350 million through its "Roads to Recovery Programme" and $60 million on its "Black Spot Programme" that could lead to funds for repairing Grafton roads.

Mr Truss said in a statement that the government's building plan was "helping to create tens of thousands of jobs, eliminate congestion in our cities … and improve safety for all road users".

Topics:  editors picks federalbudget2015-16

Stay Connected

Update your news preferences and get the latest news delivered to your inbox.

UPDATE: Jockey remains in ICU at Coffs Harbour

INJURED: Jockey Kirk Matheson was injured in a fall during racing at Clarence Valley Jockey Club.

Injured jockey Kirk Matheson rushed into surgery.

PHOTOS: Meet our kindy students

Newrybar Public School

My First Year commemorates the start of school for kinders

Johnny Cash tribute will take you back to Folsom Prison

COUNTRY: Singer Daniel Thompson as Johnny Cash.

Johnny Cash The Concert Revisits Johnny Cash at Folsom Prison

Local Partners