Feds slam funds for Bruce upgrade

FEDERAL Infrastructure Minister Anthony Albanese yesterday hit back at Opposition and council criticism of a claimed lack of budget funding for the Bruce Highway upgrade from Cooroy to Curra.

“We’ve more than doubled our financial contribution to $488 million. We’ve started work on the only section where necessary planning work had been completed when we came to office.

“And we’ve commissioned the planning work for (the rest of the project).

“Despite having 12 years to do so, the former Howard Government failed to do any planning for these remaining sections,” he said.

“The planning we are now doing will give accurate costings. You can’t budget for something until you know its cost,” he said.

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