Priorities Raised In Parliament

Priorities Raised In Parliament

A community education centre for Port Macquarie, upgrades to the Harrington foreshore, a tidal pool and funding for safer pathways in the Camden Haven have been outlined as some of the priorities that local MP, Leslie Williams is working on for the Port Macquarie electorate.

In a speech to Parliament yesterday (Tuesday) Mrs Williams said there has been significant investment into the electorate during the past six years under a Liberal/Nationals Government, there are many more projects still on her list that she wants to see delivered.

Mrs Williams flagged that she wanted to see work start as soon as possible on the upgrade of Ocean Drive between Greenmeadows Drive and Emerald Downs Drive following a Government commitment of $10 million in 2011. Unfortunately, the cost of this project now exceeds $40 million but Mrs Williams indicated her determination to see this critical thoroughfare upgraded.

“I have identified a parcel of land adjacent to the Douglas Vale Winery that would be suitable for a community education centre to potentially accommodate the Port Macquarie Men’s Shed and the Hastings Arts and Craft Centre,” Mrs Williams said.

“I am a strong supporter of life-long learning and I commend the many organisations in our community that provide such opportunities. The land had been earmarked for sale by the Department of Education, but I have been in ongoing discussions with the Minister for Education to reconsider this plan and retain the land. I am hopefully of a positive outcome.

“Other issues on my radar include the revetment wall at Lake Cathie, the development and improvement of the Food for Less carpark in Port Macquarie and the so called Orbital Road which will address increasing traffic movements that are impacting on Ocean Drive, the industrial area, the health precinct and the airport.

“A number of these proposals are the jurisdiction of local government, but as always I am keen to partner with Port Macquarie-Hastings Council once detailed funding requests have been made to me to seek support from the State Government,” Mrs Williams said.

For a full copy of Mrs Williams’ speech, go to;

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