Bega MP Andrew Constance has delivered an emotional speech reaffirming his intention to run for state parliament at the next election and vowing to fight for a fully-duplicated Princes Highway to the Victorian border.
Speaking in NSW Parliament on Wednesday night, Mr Constance called on the federal government to back an 80/20 funding model for a dual-carriageway from south of Jervis Bay to the border – the key demand of Fairfax Media’s FIX IT NOW campaign.
“The main reason I’m running is I want to fight alongside my community to secure a funding deal between the national and the NSW Governments to duplicate the Princes Highway, south of Jervis Bay turnoff through the Bega Valley, from 2020 to 2030,” Mr Constance said.
He said failing to achieve the funding deal would “run the risk of hundreds of people either losing their lives or being injured for life south of Jervis Bay to the Victorian border”.
“I’m pleading with the PM and the Deputy PM to prioritise this necessary Princes Highway duplication program,” he said.
Watch his speech here.