NSW GOVERNMENT DROUGHT STIMULUS PACKAGE PROVIDING $4.25 MILLION FOR SINGLETON ROADS
Michael Johnsen MP, Member for Upper Hunter was joined today by Deputy Premier and Minister for Regional NSW John Barilaro at Singleton Council Chambers to announce the significant roads package.
Travel times will be significantly reduced and driver safety boosted along four major road routes in the Hunter region thanks to $4.25 million in funding from the NSW Government’s $170 million Drought Stimulus Package.
The NSW Government announced the Drought Stimulus Package as part of the 2019-20 NSW Budget to fast-track significant infrastructure projects to mitigate the economic impact of the current drought.
Mr Barilaro said funding will pay for vital improvements such as resurfacing, levelling, and strengthening, as well as widening to accommodate two-way traffic flow.
“Almost 10,000 people travel along these major road routes daily, especially during peak hour on week days and these roads need to be safe for drivers,” Mr Barilaro said.
“These much-needed upgrades will move cars and heavy vehicles more efficiently through the area, reduce congestion and alleviate stress on commuters and their families who live in the Hunter.
“This is a shovel ready project and an essential investment for commuters and for the local mining industry which is so dependent on heavy vehicles.
“This project is ready to go and its construction will generate immediate economic activity and jobs in the Hunter, which is doing it tough due to drought.”
Sections of Glendonbrook, Elderslie, Cessnock and Lemington Roads will be upgraded, giving peace of mind to thousands of people living and working in the region who regularly use the roads to get to and from work across the region.
Mr Johnsen said the road upgrades are long overdue and will provide immediate work for local engineers, construction workers, planners and labourers with more local job opportunities in the years to come.
“This project will provide immediate stimulus to the local economy by putting money into pay packets which will be spent locally, providing a positive flow-on effect for the Hunter region
“These road upgrades will also provide efficiencies for local mining operations and other businesses in the region, from hotels to construction operators.
“I’d like to thank Singleton Council for its commitment to this project and congratulate them and the community on this funding win,” Mr. Johnsen said.
Singleton Council Mayor Sue Moore said the NSW Government funding will help to provide the region with strategic infrastructure, with the funding matched by a Council contribution of $4.25 million for the project.
“Our community has been calling for these improvements, particularly for the widening to Moses Crossing Bridge which will slash travel time when detours to Moses Crossing from the New England and/or the Golden Highway are in full effect.”
“This is a huge win for the community and I thank the NSW Government for its significant financial support for this project.”
“We look forward to getting to work on this right away.”
For further information about the NSW Government’s Drought Stimulus Package, go to www.nsw.gov.au/droughtstimuluspackage