Baird says the right things

NSW Premier Mike Baird’s lightning visit to Albury has brought some satisfying results for the region.

Mr Baird has given an undertaking the upgrade of the Riverina Highway near Lake Hume will begin next year.

While he won’t commit to the amount of money set aside for the project, he says roads minister Duncan Gay will be determining how much will be needed for stage one.

As well as opening Albury’s new ambulance station, Mr Baird visited the Seeley International factory to inspect a tube bending plant.

His decision to meet the mayors from Albury, Corowa and Greater Hume has been welcomed by them as a strong indication of the Premier’s willingness to engage with the region’s local government leaders on a range of issues.

So too was Mr Baird’s attendance at a business breakfast yesterday where he sidestepped the issue of the merger of Albury and Wodonga, but recognised the need for Cross-Border Commissioner James McTavish to have a stronger presence in the region.

Hopefully that commitment will ensure business operators have the opportunity to voice, and ultimately solve their cross-border frustrations.