While cash to fix the Pacific Highway at Sexton Hill, Banora Point, was welcome, the upgrade would not help Tweed locals unless the Government switched to Community Option C, Tweed Nationals MP Geoff Provest said.

“Both options are fully costed, so choosing the right route will not cause any construction delays,” Mr Provest said.

“The route Labor has chosen is great for B-Doubles travelling between Brisbane and Sydney but a nightmare for locals.

“The poor design and lack of an interchange at Kirkwood Road mean major bottlenecks in Tweed Heads.

“This in turn means shoppers won’t exit there, instead going on to more easily accessible businesses on the Gold Coast.

“That is a huge problem for Tweed employment at a time when our local jobless rate has risen back above seven per cent.

“Community Option C also has major advantages in terms of noise, fuel consumption and the environment.

“The route design is a State Government decision, but with the Feds providing the bulk of the cash, Canberra must have some influence on the delivery of the project.

“A quick study of the impact on local business would prove what a disaster this Option B is for the Tweed, but that just hasn’t been done.”