ANDERSON WELCOMES BUDGET INVESTMENT FOR GUNNEDAH
Member for Tamworth Kevin Anderson today proudly welcomed significant investment for the Gunnedah region in the 2014-15 NSW State Budget.
Mr Anderson said “Gunnedah is a vibrant and growing region and plays a major role in the Tamworth electorate, and that has been reflected by featuring highly with $20 million outlined in the budget including;
- $7.5 million Replacement of the Iron bridge over Namoi River Manilla-Boggabri Road
- $6.011 million Lake Keepit Dam upgrade phase 1
- $3.196 million Lake Keepit Fishways downstream
- $1 million Upgrading Oxley highway
- $800,000 Gunnedah Overpass planning
- $733,000 Government office block refurbishment
- $500,000 Repair of Cohens Bridge over Namoi River on Kelvin road
- $476,000 Upgrade for Kamilaroi Highway
- $164,000 Home and Community Care
- $90,000 Community Transport Program
- $40,000 Aboriginal housing 2 units
- $5,000 SES Headquarters upgrade
“I am also delighted to announce that school crossing supervisors and flashing lights have also been included in the budget across our region with $203,000 allocated for school crossing supervisors who assist school children at pedestrian crossings as they travel to and from school. $24,000 has also been allocated for routine and minor traffic management works.
“In relation to the $800,000 for continued planning for the Gunnedah rail overpass it is critical that we get this right. The community has to be happy with the final design before it can be approved, signed off and tenders for construction called.
“The estimated total cost is not revealed in the budget due to the commercially sensitive nature of the tendering process. The Minister’s office has assured me the money is locked away and ready to be allocated when the tender is announced.
“A second rail overpass is vital for Gunnedah as longer coal trains passing through town have extended the delays at the crossings, and in particular this is hindering emergency services.
“I am very proud of the funding for Gunnedah in this budget and I am pleased to see that the projects we fought hard for on behalf of our community will be funded.
“I will continue to work hard for Gunnedah and our smaller centres to ensure we get our fair share of investment to create jobs, economic growth and regional development,” Mr Anderson concluded.