Federal Minister hears plans for Bucketts Way upgrade

INSPECTION: Federal Minister Andrew Broad and Local Federal MP David Gillespie discuss The Bucketts Way upgrade.
INSPECTION: Federal Minister Andrew Broad and Local Federal MP David Gillespie discuss The Bucketts Way upgrade.

Assistant Minister to the Deputy Prime Minister Andrew Broad has met with Local Federal MP Dr David Gillespie to be briefed on the $60 million plan to upgrade the Bucketts Way.

The major upgrade includes additional passing lanes, wider bridges and further structural improvements to the Bucketts Way between Gloucester and the Pacific Highway at Twelve Mile Creek.

“Just recently I announced $5-million in Federal funding towards the $19.1-million first stage being undertaken by Mid Coast Council and the State Government, and I was particularly keen for the Minister to understand the importance of getting the next two stages underway,” Dr Gillespie said.

“Transport is vital for places like Booral, Stroud, Dungog, Gloucester, Barrington and all the various industries located along the corridor.

“The Bucketts Way is our region’s lifeline and  we must not only ensure that it is safe, but it has the capacity to provide local industries with the most efficient transport link so that the region can grow and prosper.”

Dr Gillespie said last week’s visit gave the Minister the chance to understand the cost savings that a number of local industries would experience if further upgrades were to proceed.

“While ultimately I believe The Bucketts Way ought to be a State Highway, I’m at the point now where I just want to see this upgrade done, and that is why I think the latest Federal program is a good opportunity to help with part of the cost in getting the last two stages of the upgrade plan underway,” he said.