31 January 2019: News Release: The Coffs Harbour Bypass cover-up continues
The situation (based on Bypass Version #2)
Federal Labor is 100 per cent committed to delivering the Coffs Harbour Bypass.
Bypass Version 1.0
The federal government announced $971 million in funding for the Coffs Harbour Bypass on 8 May 2018. This is known as Bypass Version 1.0.
In the same week, Labor announced it would honour that commitment in Government. Labor’s announcement was covered on the front page of the Coffs Harbour Advocate on 12 May 2018.
You can hear the original announcement on ABC Radio.
There’s no new funding commitment from a state government required at this time because the state allocated its $200 million in early 2015.
The only ‘new money’ is $971 million from the federal government announced by May 2018 and, as stated, Labor has agreed to that.
Bypass Version 2.0
On 15 January 2019, the state government, and not the federal government, announced what’s known as Bypass Verison 2.0, inclusive of “tunnels”.
We still don’t know if there is an additional cost for the tunnels as announced on this day. The Nationals are keeping this secret.
And the government has many questions still to answer about the Bypass Version 2.0.
Are the tunnels zero dollars, tens of millions of dollars or hundreds of millions of dollars? They know. And we know they know. Again, the Nationals are keeping this secret.
If there is an additional cost, we need to know. Where’s the money coming from? Will it be included in the federal budget on 2 April 2019? Apparently, it will be. The secrecy has to stop.
Labor’s position on Bypass Verison 2.0
The NSW Government must now come up with a revised design, inclusive of three tunnels; cost it, and obtain community support for version two.
When we see what’s proposed, at what cost, and we know what the community thinks of it, we will be in a position to consider it.
The true cost of the revised Coffs Harbour Bypass needs to be included in the federal budget to be delivered in April. The NSW Nationals candidate for Coffs Harbour, Mr Singh, on 30 January 2019 said he ‘assumed’ this would be the case (see 31 January 2019 news release).
When we see the design, the cost and the community’s view to both, we will be in a position to consider it.
We’re not considering anything that:
- Hasn’t had all of the work done (like reports on the impact residents (particularly noise), the built environment, the natural environment, Aboriginal heritage, agriculture, the local economy and housing prices.)
- Hasn’t been designed
- Hasn’t been reviewed by the community
- Hasn’t been costed
- Hasn’t been released by the government
No responsible or credible government, opposition, party or candidate would agree to fund something sight unseen. Labor is not in the business of writing blank cheques.
The ball is with the federal and state Liberal and National parties. They have botched this to date and have much work to do. The shambles has to stop.
Federal Labor is 100 per cent committed to delivering the Coffs Harbour Bypass:
- The commitment to the $971 million is locked in and has been on the record for nine months.
- If there is an extra cost, the current government needs to provide for it in this year’s federal budget on 2 April 2019.
- When we see a full proposal from the current government for any extra costs, we will consider it.
We are proud of our record on the Pacific Highway. The former federal Labor Government invested $7.9 billion on the Pacific Highway – six times the amount the former Howard Government invested over 12 years. The current government has only pledged $971 million for any Pacific Highway works, that being the Coffs Harbour Bypass and that doesn’t start until 2020/21 financial year.
The Nationals need to stop the truth bypass in Coffs Harbour.
Labor Candidates’ Submission on Bypass Version #1
(24 October 2018)
News releases re Bypass Version #1
(24 September 2018 to 31 December 2018)
- 20 December 2018: The Coffs Christmas Crawl – brought to you by the National Party.
- 17 December 2018: The National Party’s Coffs Harbour Bypass sham exposed
- 10 December 2018: Letter to the editor – Cut to the bypass chase
- 29 November 2018: News Release: Coffs Bypass – the premature end of the public consultation period.
- 20 November 2018: Letter to the editor: Michael McCormack continues the truth bypass in Coffs Harbour.
- 8 November 2018, News Release: Nationals humiliated over Coffs Harbour Bypass
- 1 November 2018, News: Labor calls on the governments to release the full Preferred Design Concept report for the Coffs Harbour Bypass and not just the “Summary Report”.
- 29 October 2018, News: The National Party abandons the people of west Coffs Harbour over the bypass
- 18 October 2018: News Release: Where are the missing models?
- 14 October 2018: Blog: Should an alternative route for the Coffs Harbour Bypass undergo re-examination?
- 12 October 2018: News Release: bypassing Coffs Harbour – next steps
- 11 October 2018: News Release: Federal and state governments caught red-handed misleading about the Coffs Harbour Bypass.
- 8 October 2018: News Release: Governments must obtain consensus on bypassing Coffs Harbour
- 3 October 2018: News Release: The National Party needs to stop complaining about the poor reaction to the Coffs Bypass and get a new design with real tunnels and not trenches
- 27 September 2018: News Release: the Coffs Harbour Bypass “Preferred concept design” is totally flawed and should be trashed
- 27 September 2018: News Release: Coffs Harbour Bypass design is higher, noisier and uglier than first thought.
- 1 October 2018: News: Andrew Fraser admits he hasn’t even looked at the new bypass design a week after its release.
- 26 September 2018: Letter: Response to a Coffs resident asking for previous CBD bypass routes to be examined due to the missing tunnels
- 24 September 2018 #2: News Release: Coffs Harbour Bypass – the sell-out of the century
- 25 September 2018: News Release: For the record – The National Party’s promises on the Coffs Harbour Bypass
- 24 September 2018 #1: News Release: Ten questions for Michael McCormack about the Coffs Harbour Canyon