Barnaby Joyce told a televised public forum last night that one of his achievements is the “Scone by-pass”.
He is wrong on three counts.
1. Joyce does not represent Scone, although he aspires to
2. In the 2012-13 Budget I secured $45 million to construct an overpass over the town’s dangerous level railway crossing, not a by-pass
3. The by-pass is tomorrow’s debate and battle, we need to build an overpass now
For two years the Abbott/Turnbull Government and the NSW Government have avoided doing anything in Scone by promoting a false debate about whether we build an overpass or a by-pass.
The truth is we may need both but a by-pass will not fix the level railway crossing problem.
The money is there to build an overpass now and we should build it now.