• JON WOLFE

Building bridges

More than $13 million in infrastructure projects across Tamworth and the Upper Hunter have been funded under Round 5 of the Australian Government’s Bridges Renewal Program (BRP) and Round 7 of the Heavy Vehicle Safety and Productivity Program (HVSPP) to help kick-start the local economy and provide more jobs in the region.

Federal Member for New England, Barnaby Joyce, said the new investment included $2 million in federal funding to upgrade and widen the Moonbi to Hallsville Road, $1.095 million to replace Retreat Bridge over the MacDonald River, $582,500 to replace Fishers Bridge over the Peel River in Tamworth and $437,500 to replace Benama Bridge over Goonoo Goonoo Creek also in Tamworth. All these projects will be delivered by Tamworth Regional Council.

A further $2.5 million in Australian Government funding will be provided to Transport NSW for the Oxley Highway-Goddard Lane Intersection Upgrade. This will provide an acceleration lane for westbound heavy vehicle leaving Goddard Lane. While $2.5 million has been allocated for the Lily Creek culvert upgrade on the New England Highway between Bendemeer and Uralla, helping to improve the flood immunity of the Lily Creek Culvert.

In the Upper Hunter, an additional $2 million will be provided to Upper Hunter Shire Council for road realignment and widening of the Naracoorte to Glenmore Bridge section of Hunter Road and $2 million for the rehabilitation of Coulsons Creek Road.