Member for New England, Barnaby Joyce, said the 2021 Federal Budget will allocate $6m to fix two roads in New England that are deemed vital transport routes.
“I am continually fighting for roads to be upgraded in the New England and this is more proof that the Coalition Government is listening and providing for the Electorate,” Mr Joyce said.
$4.48million will be used to upgrade Bald Nob Road between the New England Highway and the Gwydir Highway, north of Glen Innes, while $1.52 million will upgrade Sunnyside Platform Road, north of Tenterfield.
• Bald Nob Road - rehabilitation of approximately eight kilometres of pavement and safety improvements, such as widening and realignment.
• Sunnyside Platform Road – widening of approximately two kilometres, remediating failed pavement, providing a pavement overlay, new seal and line marking.
Mr Joyce said these projects will make local roads safer and reduce travel times for motorists and farmers.
“It’s estimated that ten direct and indirect jobs will be supported because of the upgrades to Bald Nob and Sunnyside Platform Roads. Then there’s the economic benefit of moving freight more efficiently from local farms to markets,” Mr Joyce said.
The Australian Government looks forward to working constructively with the New South Wales Government to deliver this infrastructure, supporting New England jobs and businesses.
The $6 million is provided through the Roads of Strategic Importance (ROSI) programme and targets upgrades along the Tenterfield to Newcastle corridor for which the Coalition Government has allocated $140 million.
It’s expected the upgrades to Bald Nob and Sunnyside Platform Roads are expected to start in mid-2021.
For more information on investments in NSW visit http://investment.infrastructure.gov.au