$22 9 Million announced for Roads in Upper Hunter
George Souris, MP Member for Upper Hunter announced the Upper Hunter will be made even more accessible for tourists and visitors alike with almost $23 million announced in NSW Government funding for road upgrades.
George Souris today joined the Nationals candidates Michael Johnsen (Upper Hunter) and Jessica Price-Purnell (Cessnock) at the Nationals Upper Hunter campaign launch in Singleton to announce a significant funding boost for critical local road upgrades in Muswellbrook, Singleton and Cessnock.
Mr Souris said $20.9 million from Resources to Regions funds would be spent on local roads, including $16.7 million on revitalising Broke and Hermitage roads in the Singleton and Cessnock Local Government Areas, with a further to $4.2 million in funding to improve road safety in Muswellbrook.
Mr Souris said this was in addition to $2 million from the planned $1 billion regional-growth roads fund to provide a westbound overtaking lane on the New England Highway between the Golden Highway and Singleton at Whittingham.
Mr Souris said Muswellbrook Shire Council had received approval for funding from the NSW Government’s Resources for Regions program to upgrade a number of local roads used by mining-related vehicles.
“I personally worked very hard on the Resources for Regions policy and The Nationals as a team were able to get this put into action in government,” Mr Souris said.
“Michael Johnsen, both publically as Chair of Hunter Councils and behind the scenes as a member of the National Party has been there all along, working to get this policy in place and then to improve it.
“Since 2011 the Nationals have committed $217 million to Resources for Regions, including more than $80.1 million in this latest round, to support mining-affected communities experiencing pressures on their infrastructure,” Mr Souris said.
“Now the Nationals have fought for and won an incredible $1 billion for regional-growth roads funding as long as we’re re-elected following the March election, so there will be a massive new pool of funds for Michael to fight for our share in the Upper Hunter as the new local member.”
Mr Johnsen said the new injection of funding was fantastic news for the people of Muswellbrook and Singleton and the hundreds of thousands of tourists visiting the region each year.
“The Resources to Regions funding will revitalise Broke and Hermitage roads in the heart of the Hunter Valley region wine and help widen narrow road pavement on curves in several locations along the Bylong Valley Way and repair failed road pavement sections on Bureen, Wybong and Hebden roads,” Mr Johnsen said.
“These upgrades will improve safety and productivity on local priority roads which are often used by mining related traffic.” Mr. Souris concluded.