CONCERNS: Ballina Mayor David Wright and NRMA’s Wendy Machin.
CONCERNS: Ballina Mayor David Wright and NRMA’s Wendy Machin. Contributed

Highway in the spotlight while local roads neglected: NRMA

REGIONAL roads in NSW need to be better funded, says the president of the NRMA.

Wendy Machin was on the Northern Rivers this week to meet with mayors, staff from local councils and residents, and to undertake another inspection of the notorious Pacific Highway.

She said that while the highway received a lot of publicity, local roads were also being neglected.

"The northern part of the highway concerns us," Ms Machin said.

"Progress of the sections on the North Coast is still slow, so we will continue to push for it to be funded.

"It frustrates everyone.

"We are conscious of the fact that this is a Federal election this year, so we have also launched a campaign called, Demand Better Roads.

"We want a $30 million increase in funding for the Black Spot program to $90 million a year.

"We also want the Roads to Recovery funding program for NSW councils to be tripled to $300 million a year."

The NRMA is calling on the community to sign its petition to local MPs. It can be accessed through the website at demandbetterroads.com.au.