After 30 years the Guanna's finally on the move
Member for Orange Andrew Gee said he was delighted that $38 million has been allocated in the NSW Government’s 2015/16 Budget to realign the Mitchell Highway at Guanna Hill, 21 kilometres north of Orange.
Mr Gee said this is fantastic news for the thousands of freight and livestock operators, local commuters, tourism operaters, carravanners and holiday makers who travel on this road every week.
“For three decades this project languished in the back rooms of successive Roads Ministries. Those days are over. The locals thought that this day would never come, but it has arrived in the form of a $38 million commitment and I couldn’t be happier,” Mr Gee said.
“This stretch of road is one of the worst black spots in Western NSW with many farmers along the route telling stories about dragging cars out of ditches.
“The Guanna Hill upgrade was to be paid for out of the proceeds of the poles and wires lease, but has now been brought forward with accelerated funding because the project is shovel ready.
“This historic investment will see work commence on straightening and widening the highway, sealing shoulders, building extra overtaking lanes and installing safe right turning bays at the Strathmore Lane and Guanna Hill Lane intersections.
“I’m immensely proud that the NSW Government is now delivering on its commitment to deliver this important upgrade which will ensure the safety of road users for generations to come.”
Mr Gee added that the NSW Government has already spent around $2 million on surveying, design, environmental studies and geotechnical work as well as purchasing land from nearby property owners.
Mr Gee also paid tribute to the local communities of Cabonne for their efforts in securing this funding.
“I’d particularly like to pay tribute to Cr Michael Hayes, Mayor of Cabonne Council, who’s tireless lobbying efforts for roads in Cabonne have helped to achieve this terrific outcome,” Mr Gee said.
Cr Hayes said this extraordinary funding commitment is going to be gratefully received by the communities of Cabonne and users of the Mitchell Highway.
“It is going to prevent serious accidents and save lives, which makes this project all the more worthy,” Cr Hayes said.