BUNNAN Road in Scone will get a $350,000 upgrade, after the Upper Hunter Shire Council received more funding from the Australian Government’s Roads to Recovery Program.
Council will receive $675,873 in funding, as part of a $7.3 million investment to be delivered between 2019 to 2024.
Tullong Road at Middlebrook will also receive a $400,000 upgrade, with funding for both roads to be drawn over multiple quarters.
Upper Hunter Shire Mayor Maurice Collison thanked the Government for their continued investment in the Upper Hunter.
“Roads are one of the top priorities for Upper Hunter residents,” Cr Collison said.
“Our Shire covers about 8,000 square kilometres, so road improvements are labour intensive and big budget items,” he said.
The Roads to Recovery Program includes upgrades to sections of the Hunter Road, Timor Crawney Road, Gundy Road, Kingdon Street, Hill Street, Dartbrook Road, Nandowra Road, Liverpool and Aberdeen Street, Glenbawn Road and Idaville Road.
Member for New England, Barnaby Joyce, said he will make sure the Upper Hunter receives more funding in future.
“These roads are a vital part of everyday life for people in the Upper Hunter,” Mr Joyce said.
“They also contribute to the economic prosperity of the region, delivering stock to markets and regional tourists to local communities,” he said.
“That’s why I’m putting my shoulder to the wheel to make sure we continue to receive the roads funding people in the Upper Hunter need and deserve,” he said.
Total Roads to Recovery funding for New England councils from 2019-20 to 2023-24 is valued at more than $71 million and complements the Government’s $140 million investment for upgrades on the New England Highway under the Roads of Strategic Importance Program.