Official Media Release

Johnsen secures Dungog $1 Million Boost for Regional Freight Network

Michael Johnsen MP, Member for Upper Hunter today announced $1 Million for Dungog under the Fixing Country Roads and Fixing Country Rail programs.

Mr Johnsen said that the replacement of the Tillegra Bridge is amongst thirty-three projects across regional NSW to be awarded a share of $135 million, boosting freight efficiency, capacity and connectivity.

“The replacement of the Tillegra Bridge over the Williams River will benefit Dungog and the region by accommodating loads over 40 tonnes, which no longer need to be split in order to use the bridge, and improve the route’s freight capacity and allow heavy vehicles to access the Williams Valley,” Mr Johnsen said.

“This replacement bridge will also reduce the current average large Heavy Vehicle transport distance from 166km round trip to 101km round trip.

“Our freight trucks and trains carry our food, produce and raw materials that support our local Dungog community. These projects will ensure freight vehicles get to where they need to be.

“These projects improve connectivity between regional centres, state roads and freight facilities, reducing travel times, improving safety, and bring freight costs down.

Mr Johnsen continued, saying that the Fixing Country Roads program had reached almost $346 million, funding vital road upgrades delivering better connections to local communities.

“Freight is worth more than $60 billion to the NSW economy. It is critical that NSW has a state of the art freight network as the global marketplace continues to become more competitive,” Mr Johnsen said.

“Since 2011, The Nationals in Government have delivered more than six hundred kilometres of sealed roads, almost two hundred bridges upgraded and twenty-eight truck washes built or upgraded, all delivered through the Fixing Country Roads program” Mr Johnsen concluded.

The Nationals in government have invested $557 million into 310 projects across NSW, under the Fixing Country Roads and Fixing Country Rail programs.

More details can be found online at: www.transport.nsw.gov.au/projects/programs/fixing-country-roads and www.transport.nsw.gov.au/projects/programs/fixing-country-rail.