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The Nationals Party says it supports a move for a heavy vehicle bypass of Scone but it is not sure if the Federal Government has the funds to support the project.
The Department of Infrastructure and Transport has confirmed it is considering five options for Scone including the long heralded rail overpass, as well as a bypass to the west of Scone.
The five options are expected to be open to public comment next month, with a preferred scheme to be announced by the end of the year.
Nationals Duty Senator for Hunter John Williams says there is some criticism of an alternate route.
"It doesn't seem to effect the local businesses, however of course the big thing is the cost and we've got a Federal Government now with a $256 billion of gross debt," he said.
"Have they got the money to come forward to construct whatever proposal?
"We'll simply have to wait and see."
The Senator says a decision to build a rail overpass in Scone might see the town's dreams of a bypass dashed.
"That may well be the case that they spend millions building the overpass, we won't even look at a bypass for many years to come," he said.
"I'm of the opinion that your first cost is your best cost.
"It may be a lot of money now but look back in 20 or 30 years time and you'll think, well that was good value."
But Upper Hunter Shire Mayor Michael Johnsen believes the community should support a cost effective solution now, while lobbying hard for a bypass in the future.
"Let's not build unnecessary expectations, it could take quite some years for that to occur," he said.
"In the meantime, that's why we need a short to medium term solution and that's why I'm asking for both the State and Federal Governments to make a practical, cost effective and urgent solution."
This article first appeared on www.abc.net.au
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