Drought

Upper Hunter roads benefit from nearly $5 million

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Upper Hunter roads are benefiting from nearly $5 million in funding. 

The Federal Government's Roads to Recovery Program is pouring $47 million into the New England and Upper Hunter electorates to support councils with the ongoing maintenance of local road infrastructure, facilitating greater access and improved safety, economic and social outcomes.

Upper Hunter Shire Council will receive $4.9 million, $10 million has gone to Tamworth Regional Council and the remainder of the funds have been spread across the other New England Council areas.

“Roads are vital assets here in the New England, and this funding to Council will not only help improve safety and efficiency but contribute to the economic growth of our communities – growth to boost the financial capacity of towns in the Upper Hunter still suffering from this devastating drought,” said New England MP Barnaby Joyce.

“This additional $4.9 million in funding complements our other major road projects already underway across the Upper Hunter including the $137 million Scone Bypass and $12 million upgrade of the Merriwa-Willow Tree Road,” Barnaby Joyce said.

“The Roads to Recovery funding will also support the federally-funded $11.8 million redevelopment of Scone Regional Livestock Selling Centre."

The allocations for the New England have been calculated using the proportion of Financial Assistance Grants that each local governing body receives and updated assessments undertaken by local government grants commissions.

Image credit: New England MP Barnaby Joyce