Mayor airs highway toll concerns

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Ballina Mayor Philip Silver says he is worried the stretch of the Pacific Highway between Woolgoolga and Ballina in northern New South Wales could be subject to a private commercial tollway.
Councillor Silver raised his concerns at yesterday’s NSW Rural and Regional Task Force meeting at Grafton.
He says the possibility of a tollway needs to be ruled out at both the state and Federal Government level.
“The most recent funding allocation by the Federal Government indicates that there’s somewhat of a black hole emerging between Woolgoolga and Ballina, that concerns me, not from a Ballina point of view but from a Pacific Highway point of view,” he said.
“That could just be the thin edge of a wedge in terms of a private commercial tollway which would be clearly unacceptable.”

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