Pat Conaghan MP

Coffs Bypass gets $491M boost to help economic recovery

Our Government continues its record support for job-creating, economy-boosting infrastructure, laying the foundations for economic recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic.

Federal Member for Cowper Pat Conaghan said yesterday the Morrison-McCormack Government announced a $2.7 billion investment into transport infrastructure in New South Wales, including an additional $491 million for the Coffs Harbour Bypass.

“I welcome this additional funding for the Coffs Harbour Bypass as it will enable the bypass’ refined design and tunnels to be implemented – delivering the highest road standard possible,” he said.

“This additional $491 million in the 2020-21 budget, takes the Australian Government’s commitment to $1.5 billion and ensures this long-awaited piece of infrastructure will be delivered, boosting jobs and improving road safety.

“In addition, yesterday our Government also announced $3 million to upgrade the intersection of Hogbin Drive in Coffs Harbour to support Coffs Harbour City Council to deliver the Coffs Harbour Airport Enterprise Park.

“This project will construct a new intersection on Hogbin Drive to allow for improved traffic flow into and out of the new development area and freight access to the Coffs Harbour Airport.

“These improvements, along with other infrastructure and tourism investments our Federal and State Governments are delivering, will help to set up our city for the future.”

Other key infrastructure investment announcements made yesterday for New South Wales include $560 million for the Singleton Bypass on the New England Highway, $360 million for the Newcastle Inner City Bypass between Rankin Park and Jesmond and $120 million for the Prospect Highway Upgrade.

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development Michael McCormack said the Government is focused on delivering priorities and boosting local jobs as part of Australia’s road to recovery.

“We will draw on local businesses to stimulate local economies through these projects,” Mr McCormack said.

“Infrastructure means jobs, it means livelihoods, it means stronger local communities and it means building a better and more secure future for our nation.”