The Deputy Prime Minister and Member for New England Barnaby Joyce said a pledge of $10 million for the Tenterfield Heavy Vehicle Bypass would progress further detailed planning and building of the heavy vehicle bypass.
“This is a project I have been working hard to deliver since coming home to the New England, so I am delighted to see this money will provide planning certainty for the project and ensure we reserve land for future road construction,” Mr Joyce said.
“The $10 million will go towards detailed planning and site acquisition to make the project shovel ready in two years time.”
Mr Joyce said NSW Roads and Maritime Services identified a preferred route for the future heavy vehicle bypass and workshops have been held in the town to further discuss the project.
“I was pleased to welcome a delegation from the Tenterfield Shire Council on 15 June, lobbying for funding for the bypass and the Northern Growth corridor on the Mount Lindesay Road between Legume and Woodenbong.
He said the preferred bypass route started and ended close to the town centre, had the least environmental impact and provided the best value for money.
Tenterfield Shire Council Mayor Peter Petty applauded the announcement.
“This funding will continue the process of developing the bypass and help to secure jobs and growth for Tenterfield,” Cr Petty said.
He alsocommended the Coalition Government for pledging $12 million for Mt Lindesay Road, which when combined with a NSW Government pledge of $12 million, would ensure the entire 42 kilometre length of the road between Legume and Woodenbong would be upgraded.
Mr Joyce said the funding for the bypass was also on top of the construction of mobile phone black spot towers at Drake and Urbenville and Fixed Wireless NBN towers at Woodenbong, Wallangarra and Tenterfield.
The Deputy Prime Minister and Member for New England Barnaby Joyce and Tenterfield Shire Councillors at the funding announcement.