NSW Nationals Member for Parkes Mark Coulton says he was thrilled to have Acting Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development Michael McCormack in Narrabri, Moree and Croppa Creek recently, with a focus on road and rail.
The recently-announced $44 million investment in upgrading the Narrabri to Turrawan rail line will better link northern New South Wales, Inland Rail and the Port of Newcastle.
“During our visit, the Acting PM was able to see firsthand the many benefits of our freight rail investments, particularly in communities such as Narrabri where the local economic opportunities are moving ahead in leaps and bounds,” Mr Coulton said.
“The Acting PM joined me to announce that the County Boundary Road at Croppa Creek would be upgraded with $8.2 million from the NSW Nationals in the federal government, combined with $2 million from Gwydir Shire Council. This is fantastic news for the shire. The upgrade will better connect freight to markets and improve heavy vehicle productivity to lower transport costs for regional businesses. Works will be underway mid-year, with completion expected by the end of 2022.
“We also met with Moree Plains Shire Council to discuss the transport network across the shire, and how the delivery of key transport infrastructure is essential to a productive supply chain servicing successful agricultural regions such as Moree Plains.
“I’m proud to be part of a Government that is investing in regional communities and creating the environment for regions to grow and prosper, including the north-west.”