Work is nearing completion on the $2.6 million upgrade of Dowling Street in Dungog, while reconstruction and widening along 1.02 kilometres of Hannam Vale Road north of Moorland is underway.

NSW Nationals Member for Lyne Dr David Gillespie has inspected work on the upgrades along with local council representatives, and said $1,436,853 in funding from the NSW Nationals in the federal government had been invested in the Dungog Central Business District revitalisation and beautification project, with a further $1,260,000 coming from the NSW Nationals in the state government.

“The major road works, combined with the beautification including new lighting, refuges, bollards, street furniture, footpaths, cycleways, gardens and tree plantings will significantly improve the streetscape, revitalising the heart of Dungog,” Dr Gillespie said.

“Significant streetscape works are also being undertaken including the installation of floodlighting at pedestrian crossings, blisters for footpath connections and intersections, garden bollards and pedestrian management infrastructure.”

Dr Gillespie said Hannam Vale Road was a very important route for not only the local residents of Hannam Vale, Waitui, Stewarts River, Johns River and Moorland, but also the region’s beef, dairy, timber and horticultural industries.

“These federal funds have been made available under the Roads to Recovery program, which has also assisted with the earlier upgrade of Hannam Vale Road between Maynard Meadows Road and the Hannam Vale village,” Dr Gillespie said.

Dr Gillespie and NSW Nationals Member for Port Macquarie Leslie Williams recently announced a further $3 million in funding under the Fixing Local Roads program towards the upgrade of Waitui Road and Hannam Vale Road which will be sealed from the existing end of the seal to the settlement of Waitui, taking in approximately 3.1km.