Official Media Release

Pot Of Gold Found at Moonan: $5.6 Million To Be Spent On Moonan Road


Upper Hunter Shire Council will be undertaking an initial seal on Moonan Brook Road in the east of the shire, the first stage of improving access to the Barrington Tops.

Mayor Maurice Collison thanked the Australian and NSW governments for funding towards the road project.

The $5.6 million project is funded with $4.9 million from the jointly funded Federal and NSW governments Fixing Local Roads program, $500,000 from the Federal Government Roads to Recovery program and $200,000 from Council funds.

Member for New England, Barnaby Joyce, said the improved access for Moonan Brook Road was part of his record of delivery in the region.

“We have delivered massive investment for people in the Upper Hunter, including just recently new mobile coverage for Moonan Flat which was switched on last week, millions of dollars more in drought relief projects, new grants for men’s sheds at Merriwa and Scone as well as extra funding for upgrades to the airport infrastructure,” Mr Joyce said.

Member for the Upper Hunter Michael Johnsen said that Fixing Local Roads was delivering projects that made a big difference to people’s everyday lives right across the state.

“This project continues our investment in delivery of better roads right across the Upper Hunter and we’re excited to see shovels in the ground as soon as possible,” Mr Johnsen said.

“Fixing Country Roads has already helped regional councils across NSW deliver more than 300 projects to date.

“The Nationals in Government are investing in projects to boost freight efficiency in our Upper Hunter Electorate, and improve access and connectivity across our state road network.

“I am proud to be part of a government that has delivered this significant funding for our Shire.

“This road is important to locals and tourists,” Cr Collison said.

“This project is also an economic boost that will create jobs, and in the long run bring tourism, as a stepping stone to improving access to the magnificent Barrington Tops.”

The $5.6 million project starts at the intersection of Hunter Road and Moonan Brook Road, and will upgrade Moonan Brook Road for approximately 5.4km, past the turn off to Barrington and on to the Moonan Brook Camping Ground.

The work will include:

– Pavement widening and strengthening

– Initial seal of the 5.4km segment of road

– Installation of additional drainage structures

– Clearing vegetation and widen cuttings to improve sight distance.

– Installation of guard rail.