NSW Nationals Member for Tamworth Kevin Anderson has announced $20.2 million to help local businesses expand and create jobs with the Tamworth Enterprise Area industrial precinct.

Mr Anderson said the funding for the Westdale site would provide an important stimulus to develop the Tamworth Enterprise Area.

“This will help pay for critical roads including a heavy vehicle bypass, a five-way roundabout at the western entrance to the city, as well as an essential central storm water drainage system to create the industrial development,” Mr Anderson said. “It represents a significant move forward for the grand vision for western Tamworth as a thriving industrial hub.”

“I’m always looking at ways I can improve and develop my electorate. I have a strong plan for our future and better roads will help us to move our produce efficiently and keep our motorists safe.”

Millions of dollars have been invested in roads around Tamworth with more than $20 million for Manilla Road, $10 million announced for the upgrade of Werris Creek Road and $3 million for the design and planning of Goonoo Goonoo Road upgrade.

Now, the 246-hectare Tamworth Enterprise Area industrial precinct will be a premier business, industry and freight precinct in Northern NSW, providing great economic benefits for the community.

“With this funding, Tamworth Regional Council can now push ahead on the essential works involved in this project, including a vehicle bypass of Taminda to ease congestion and drainage improvements to mitigate issues linked to building on a flood plain,” Mr Anderson said. “Despite the unprecedented drought Tamworth is holding the line and with the right infrastructure it can support its community and local economy. The more we invest locally the more chance of creating jobs for local families we create.”

Tamworth has one of the highest projected population rates in regional NSW and that’s why the NSW Nationals in Government are investing in road and water for the Enterprise Area now, so other significant local projects linked directly to job creation can follow.

Deputy Premier and Minister for Regional NSW John Barilaro said the record investment in Tamworth had provided stimulus to help keep the local economy ticking over, despite the fact the region was in the midst of crippling drought.

“We have invested more than $27 million into the Tamworth community in just a few years, including $15.3 million through Growing Local Economies projects to support local industry and create jobs and more than $7 million across a variety of sports projects, Mr Barilaro said.