Federal Minister Agriculture, Drought and Emergency Management, and Deputy Leader for the Nationals David Littleproud visited Singleton today off the back of the $560 million funding announcement for the long-awaited Singleton Bypass project.
The funding was announced in the Federal Budget last week as a part of a big infrastructure spend across the country.
"Last Tuesday night was about an infrastructure budget, about empowering the regions to get us out of this COVID recession,"
"We need to make sure that we get people through Singleton safer, we keep the people of Singleton safe and we get our freight moving quicker and efficiently and making sure our economy is moving with the right infrastructure around."
"This will create nearly 1400 jobs during the construction so you've got to understand this is not about creating jobs in its creation, but in its operation."
"It (the money) is locked and loaded, it can't be taken away, we have it in the forward estimates and now its about the State Government getting the planning right," he said.
Construction on the project is expected to start in mid-2023 and be completed by late 2026.
"We'd like to think so but we will work with NSW State Government. The planning has to be finalised, they believe that the first sod should be turned before 2023 but they obviously have to consult with the community and obviously while there have been initial plans that have been laid down we need to make sure that final consultation with the community takes place," said David Littleproud.
"We are prepared to cut the check as quickly as they possibly can."
"To think that we can get so many jobs running around in this community over the next three to six years is something everyone should be really excited about."
Nationals Senator for New South Wales, Perin Davey was also in Singleton today and said that the bypass will absolutely transform Singleton.
“The increasing traffic congestion has been a huge concern for local residents and businesses for some time now.
“With over 26,000 vehicle movements per day, including from more than 3,700 heavy vehicles, the bypass will take significant pressure off the Singleton town centre.
“This project demonstrates the Nationals steadfast commitment - both at a state and federal level - to supporting our regional communities.”
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