Michael Johnsen MP, Member for Upper Hunter was today joined by the Deputy Premier and Minister for Resources John Barilaro to announce that roads across the Muswellbrook region will be repaired, widened and made safer thanks to $4.6 million worth of upgrades made possible by the sixth round of the NSW Government’s Resources for Regions program.
Mr Johnsen and Minister Barilaro made the announcement today at Wybong Road, where motorists will benefit from work that will widen sections of the road as well as drainage culverts.
Mr Johnsen said nine road improvement projects will be funded by $4.6 million from Resources for Regions as well as significant financial contributions from local councils.
“Work enabled by this NSW Government funding and councils’ generous contributions includes road rehabilitation, culvert widening, a safety barrier along Bureen Road and new drainage on Dartbrook and Nandowra Roads,” Mr Johnsen said.
“As well as improving road safety, these improvements will also support the success of our local mining industry, which in turn ensures local economic growth and job creation.”
Mr Barilaro said the upgrades would benefit both local motorists and mining freight hauling operations.
“Mining makes a significant contribution to the NSW economy, supporting more than 100,000 jobs, but the benefits it brings can place extra pressure on infrastructure, such as wear and tear on roads,” Mr Barilaro said.
“Our mining communities contribute so much to the State and they more than deserve to receive their fair share of investment in infrastructure, which is why the NSW Government is providing this funding today.
“I congratulate the Muswellbrook, Mid-Western Regional and Upper Hunter councils on this funding win and thank them for their commitment to road safety and their dedication to the local communities they serve.
Mr Barilaro said this project is one of 11 funded by the sixth round of the Resources for Regions program, bringing the total number of projects supported by the program to 65.
The list of road improvements include:
- Bureen Road (widen culverts and install safety barrier)
- Bylong Valley Way (safety upgrades, widen culverts)
- Dartbrook Road (rehabilitation)
- Dartbrook and Nandowra Roads (upgrade and replace drainage structures)
- Hebden Road (rehabilitation)
- Kayuga Road (rehabilitation)
- Ridgeland Road (rehabilitation)
- Wybong Road (widen culverts)
- Heavy patching program (mine related network).
Mr Johnsen continued, saying that the nine projects were an example of the Nationals in Government’s ongoing commitment to the Upper Hunter communities and their economy.
“The Resources for Regions program was introduced in NSW by the Nationals in Government, and I am committed to ensuring our local mining related communities receive their fair share of the record investment in infrastructure,” Mr Johnsen concluded.
Resources for Regions is part of the $1.6 billion Regional Growth Fund, which is designed to support growing regional centres, activate local economies and improve services and community infrastructure for regional communities.
For further information, go to nsw.gov.au/resourcesforregions