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PACIFIC HIGHWAY UPGRADES TO DELIVER JOBS BOOM

Improvements to the Pacific Highway north of Taree to Woolgoolga are set to create a jobs boom on the Mid North Coast over the next five years. More than 1,000 people will work on the Oxley Highway to Kundabung and Kundabung to Kempsey Pacific Highway upgrades. Duplication work north of Kempsey and resurfacing work between Taree and Port Macquarie will create a further thousand jobs. More than $3-billion in federal and state funding will be injected into the region’s economy through Pacific Highway funding alone.

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TRUCK DRIVER AND PASSENGER DIE AFTER TRUCKS BURSTS INTO FLAMES

A male driver and female passenger have died after a vehicle burst into flames on the Pacific Highway, south of Port Macquarie early this morning. Police say the driver was heading north on the highway near Kew when the truck ran off the road, crashed and ignited just after 3am. It’s believed the truck was carrying a load of flammable aerosol paints. One lane of the highway is closed, but police say traffic is moving well.

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MOTORCYCLIST DIES IN PACIFIC HIGHWAY CRASH

A motorcyclist has died in a two vehicle collision north of Coffs Harbour. The accident occurred at around 3.40 this afternoon, when the motorcyclist hit an oncoming Holden Commodore on the Pacific Highway one-kilometre north of Korora. The man on the motorcycle, aged in his 50s, was thrown from the bike, sustained serious injuries and died at the scene. The driver of the Holden, a 42-year-old man, was not injured in the collision and was taken to Coffs Harbour Medical Campus for mandatory blood and urine tests. Significant delays are expected and motorists are advised to avoid the area, with northbound lanes near Seaview Close diverted into an alternative lane.

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WORKSHOPS AHEAD OF PACIFIC HIGHWAY UPGRADE

The federal government has put forward $280 million to fund the Woolgoolga-to-Ballina upgrade of the Pacific Highway. The commitment is expected to provide a much needed boost to the local economy, with the preparation phase set to create an estimated 1000 jobs. Clarence Valley Mayor Richie Williamson says council has been conducting workshops to train locals in the skills they’ll need to apply for the positions.

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