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Tuesday, November 8, 2016

The start of work on the Northern Corridor is good news for residents on both sides of the river.  I joined the Prime Minister and the Minister of Transport on 4 November to turn the sod in Northern Christchurch for the $240 million project, which is being built under the National-led Government’s Roads of National Significance Programme. The project will reduce congestion, deliver improved journey times and support economic development in our area. Northern Christchurch residents will appreciate the new four-lane motorway that will divert traffic smoothly to QEII Drive, reducing traffic on local roads and creating a safer environment for our families walking and biking to schools and shops. 

It’s been a full year of milestones and openings in the electorate, and confirms what I hear from meeting a range of people in my role who are upbeat that we are on track and heading in the right direction.

It was good to have the support of local residents and stakeholders at the opening of my Belfast office, with representatives from the community board, school and Belfast Community Network.  I’m enjoying offering Northern Christchurch residents a nearby location to meet with me.

The Northwood Fair and Belfast Primary School Fair were great opportunities to catch up with our local residents with my family. Congratulations to the organisers for these events, which provide safe and fun entertainment for our residents. 

I enjoyed speaking at the Belfast Friendly Club Housie day and joining in some of the games. The group do good work in our community and I enjoyed the opportunity to show my support.