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New England roads getting a funding boost


Roads in the New England are getting some funding for safety upgrades off the back of an announcement from the Deputy Prime Minister in the Upper Hunter last week.

There's $10.6 million of funding rolling out as a part of the $400 million state-wide, road safety blitz from both the Federal and NSW Government to reduce road trauma and save lives.

New England MP Barnaby Joyce, said this investment demonstrated the Government’s commitment to improving road safety.

“This funding that I have been fighting hard for builds on tens of millions of dollars the Australian Government is already investing into local roads in yet further delivery for the people of New England,” Barnaby Joyce said.

“It will provide safety upgrades for 14 projects throughout the electorate including on the Gwydir Highway in the north, the Golden Highway in the Upper Hunter and a number of upgrades on the New England Highway."

“Boosting local infrastructure also means boosting local jobs and here in the New England that ensures our towns and communities can continue to recover from COVID-19.”

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development Michael McCormack, said the Australian and NSW Governments were working tirelessly to ensure works start immediately and are completed by June to get people home sooner and safer.

“As someone who proudly lives, works and has raised a family in regional NSW, I know just how important safe, efficient road connections are to local communities,” the Deputy Prime Minister said.

“That’s why we are rolling out this funding to deliver lifesaving upgrades including shoulder sealing, rumble strips to alert drivers when they are moving out of their lane, median upgrades to prevent head-on collisions and barriers to prevent run-off-road crashes and protect against roadside hazards.”                 IMG-7615_1.jpg         

Deputy Prime Minister Michael McCormack with Anna Zycki the Roads and Maritime Services Regional Director North, Minister for Regional Transport and Roads Paul Toole and Upper Hunter MP Michael Johnsen on the Golden Highway at Denman to make the funding announcement last week. 

The Australian Government’s funding for the Road Safety Program is subject to ‘use it or lose it’ provisions and will deliver life-saving treatments on regional roads and to protect vulnerable road users across NSW, while also supporting local jobs and providing a welcome boost to local economies.

The ‘use it or lose it’ provisions require States and Territories to use their notionally allocated funds within a timeframe, or the funds can be reallocated to projects in other jurisdictions.

In total, the Australian Government has committed up to $300 million and the NSW Government a further $108.2 million to fund the state-wide upgrades under tranche one.

For more information on the Australian Government’s road safety initiatives, visit



  • New England Hwy - Overtaking lane south of Meadows Ln (Timbumburi) $2,146,565
  • New England Hwy - Left turn lane Kia Ora Lane (Timbumburi) $321,985
  • New England Hwy - Widening three segments $1,600,000
  • Oxley Highway - Goddards Lane, heavy vehicle access $1,014,657
  • Waterfall Way – Pantons Gully to Ebor Rubbish Tip $800,000
  • Waterfall Way – Sandy Creek to Wakefield Road $3,200,000
  • Gwydir Highway - shared path in Inverell $87,559
  • Golden Highway, Merriwa - Widening of culverts $107,328
  • New England Highway, Scone - Surman St - install pedestrian refuge $214,657
  • Bunnan Rd, Gundy Rd and Willow Tree Road, provision of guardrail $643,970
  • Bunnan Rd, shoulder widening and sealing $268,321
  • Garden Street South Tamworth, pedestrian safety $130,626
  • Station Street Kootingal, pedestrian safety $53,814
  • Tamworth Sports Dome, pedestrian safety $62,132

Image credit: Barnaby Joyce and Grant Broadcasters/Jessica Rouse