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Minister’s Lack of Concern Over Coromandel Road Appalling

Minister’s Lack of Concern Over Coromandel Road Appalling

The lack of concern shown by Transport Minister Simon Bridges over the serious state of the Thames-Coromandel road is another example of National arrogance, says New Zealand First Leader and Northland Member of Parliament, Rt Hon Winston Peters.

“Thames-Coromandel District Mayor Sandra Goudie wrote to the minister warning that State Highway 25 was on the brink of total collapse but he downplayed the risk.

“The Coromandel is a popular tourist destination and the government takes hundreds of millions of dollars from international visitors every year.

“In the current year they will pocket nearly $1.5b from international visitors to the country with only a trickle going back to the regions.

“Why isn’t some of this money being used to sort out the problem on the Thames-Coromandel road?

“NZTA’s response that $8m would be spent in the next three years is disgraceful; that’s only enough for inadequate short-term patch-up jobs,” says Mr Peters.

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