The Hannam Vale Road to Waitui Road upgrade between the two villages is scheduled for completion late next month.
Federal Nationals Member for Lyne, Dr David Gillespie, said the $4.58 million road project, which has received over $3.78 million in Federal and State funding, includes rehabilitation and sealing of three-kilometres of Hannam Vale and Waitui Roads, as well as a number of cattle underpasses, significantly improving safety and efficiency along the route.
“I was pleased to be advised by Council that this project will be completed by the end of November. This is an important route not only for the residents who live here, but also the many milk tankers, cattle and timber trucks that use it. Many tourists also use the route to visit the National Park,” Dr Gillespie said.
Dr Gillespie welcomed MidCoast Council’s investment of $7.5-million towards rehabilitation and improvement on several roads across the local government area. The repairs will involve stabilising the road surface and resealing. Sections of the following roads will receive attention:
• Oxley Street, Taree
• Wherrol Flat Road
• Lansdowne Road
• Central Lansdowne Road
• Upper Lansdowne Road
• Hannam Vale Road
• Wallanbah Road, Gloucester
• Wynter/Manning Streets Taree roundabout
• High/Pulteney Streets Taree roundabout
• Warwiba Road Old Bar
• South Heron Road Old Bar
• Kolinda Drive Old Bar
• Bulga Road
• Bowman Farm Road Gloucester
• Several roads in North Arm Cove
• Red Head Road
• First Ridge Road, Smiths Lake
• Mermaid Avenue, Hawks Nest
• Booral Road, Bulahdelah
• Willina Road, Coolongolook
• Myall Street, Tea Gardens
“Council has already begun those works on a several sections of Hannam Vale Road and that program of works will continue to be rolled out across those other important rural roads of commerce,” Dr Gillespie said
“I have been working with Council in identifying many of the core projects the community has raised with me as a priority and in government we were able to secure significant funding to undertake many of those projects.
“The Albanese Labor Government needs to retain our regional infrastructure programs. If they scrap regional programs like the Local Roads & Community Infrastructure program for example, that will see a further backlog of works in our local area.
“In our term of government, hundreds of millions of dollars of extra funding was secured for MidCoast Council across a range of programs for infrastructure. I’m fearful next Tuesday’s Budget may jettison some of these important programs, critical to our economy and our region,” Dr Gillespie said.