The Albanese Government’s announcement to completely axe the Great Western Highway (GWH) project has been met with great disappointment.
Upper House MP Sam Farraway has gone ahead and slammed the decision by the Federal Labor government as narrow minded and has called on both levels of government to start standing up for the Central West.
“The delay for this announcement has seen construction companies lay off staff across the country and with no ability to plan for the future all because the minister wanted to hide behind a fake review rather than come clean on her intentions.
“The Great Western Highway was not a fantasy. The east and west sections were fully funded and would have made the travel over the mountains substantially safer, quicker and better connecting the east and west of NSW.
“We’re elected to parliament to serve our communities no matter how they vote. I feel today’s decision was entirely political. NSW has four years until the next election so it’s no surprise that regional NSW had the biggest chunk of projects scrapped.
“Labor, who are fixated on Western Sydney and have no experience in building road projects have completely taken us back 10 years with the scrapping of this project. I encourage everyone who drives this road regularly to share your thoughts on this decision directly to the local members of Parliament at both state and federal levels.”