The Deputy Prime Minister and Member for New England Barnaby Joyce said a re-elected Coalition Government will contribute $1.5 million to Inverell Shire Council to construct a roundabout at the regional centre’s busiest intersections.
“Right through this campaign, my key announcements have been part of a plan to improve our roads, our water infrastructure and increase jobs,” Mr Joyce said.
“This roundabout will help improve traffic flow at one of Inverell’s busiest intersections, if not the Shire – it’s the junction of two main feeder roads.”
Mr Joyce said the design of the roundabout on the junction of the Tingha/Bundarra Road and the Gwydir Highway near Tingha Bridge is yet to be approved by the NSW Roads and Maritime Service.
Mr Joyce said the road carried a lot of heavy vehicle traffic and the Council’s plans to develop and expand more industrial areas would dovetail nicely with the project.
Inverell Shire Council Mayor, Cr Paul Harmon said the Council was planning to expand its Rifle Range Road industrial subdivision, with stage one all but sold and plans to move to stage two well in hand.
“This is an important piece of strategic infrastructure for the Inverell community,” Cr Harmon said.
“This intersection is getting to be one of the busiest and it’s difficult to navigate. It’s becoming a bit of a bottle neck,” he said.
Cr Harmon said the roundabout would be moved up the Council’s priority list once the funds become available and preliminary plans would be then submitted to engineers for designing and presenting to the RMS for approval.
Inverell Shire Council Mayor Paul Harmon, Inverell-based NSW Senator, John 'Wacka' Williams and Deputy Prime Minister and Member for NEw England, Barnaby Joyce at Tingha Bridge road junction.