The Nationals Candidate for Orange, Scott Barrett was today joined by Parliamentary Secretary for Regional Roads and Rail Kevin Anderson MP to inspect Forrest Road in Orange.


Mr Barrett said Forrest Road is a vital connection to local health and emergency services and he wants to see the road upgraded.


“Forrest Road is notorious for its poor condition which is why I invited Mr Anderson to see it first-hand so that we can let the Roads Minister Duncan Gay know that it is a priority for us.


“This road is the most direct route to the Cadia Valley Mine and is also the access point for the Orange Health Service which means ambulances carrying patients in life or death situations have to travel the dilapidated road to reach the emergency department and it’s simply not good enough.


“Orange is growing, there is no doubt about that, which is why we need to continue to invest in our roads and supporting infrastructure so that our communities are more accessible, more productive and most importantly safer.


“The project cost is estimated to be just over $3million. Orange City Council has committed $1million to the upgrade and I am pushing for the NSW Government to commit the remaining funds so that this main thoroughfare can be made safer for locals and visitors.”


The NSW Coalition Government is spending record amounts on regional road networks and said as a result of the representations of the Nationals Candidate for Orange, Scott Barrett, Mr Anderson will meet with Roads Minister Duncan Gay to discuss the importance of the project.


“Scott Barrett understands the importance of improving connectivity in Orange and his understanding of local road infrastructure needs will be invaluable in my discussions with the Minister,” Mr Anderson said.  


“There is no doubt that regional NSW was rejected by the Labor Party for 16 years and it has taken the Liberal and Nationals Government to see record spending on regional infrastructure.


“I look forward to continuing to work with the Nationals Candidate for Orange, Scott Barrett, on this issue as we enter discussions with the Minister,” Mr Anderson concluded.

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