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The famous Hunter wine region will be even more accessible for tourists and visitors alike with $16.7 million in NSW Government funding for road upgrades.

Nationals Candidate for Cessnock, Jessica Price-Purnell, was joined last week by Member for Upper Hunter George Souris and Nationals Candidate for Upper Hunter, Michael Johnsen to announce a significant funding boost for critical local road upgrades in Cessnock and Singleton.

Ms Price-Purnell said the Resources for Regions funding would revitalise Broke and Hermitage roads in the heart of the Hunter Valley.

 “These roads provide access to the Hunter wine country region, which has the second highest tourist visitation in NSW with more than a million visitors per annum,”

“This funding will help upgrade 12km of Hermitage Road so that it has a consistent 3.5m lane width and a 2m road shoulder, which will considerably improve safety for motorists and cyclists.

“I’m also delighted this money will see the construction of an on-road cycleway connecting the Hunter Expressway/New England Highway with Broke Road, the installation of tourist facilities including signage and rest areas and upgrade 1.1km of Broke Road and the intersection of Broke Road and Hermitage Road.

Ms Price-Purnell said the funding was exciting news for the region and would bring an economic boost to both Cessnock and Singleton.

“Today’s announcement is another win for the people of the Hunter and the result of a collaborative effort by Singleton and Cessnock City councils to improve our roads,” Ms Price-Purnell said.

“The Hunter is a fantastic place to live and work and these improvements to our local roads is another example of the NSW Liberals & Nationals getting on with the job and delivering for this wonderful region.”

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