NEW ROAD AND BRIDGE CONSTRUCTIONS A HUGE BOOST FOR CABONNE
Parliamentary Secretary for Regional Roads and Transport, Kevin Anderson, announced that Cabonne has received a huge boost to its regional infrastructure with the completion of two major upgrade projects - Gumble Road and Hanover Bridge.
“The NSW Government’s Restart NSW Fixing Country Roads program is very proud to have provided almost a million dollars in funding to these two regional projects, which will be of particular help to local farmers and agricultural companies who rely on these roads for transporting their produce,” Mr Anderson said.
“Building safe and well maintained roads and bridges, which increase the efficiency of freight transport networks and reduce costs for local businesses, is the Government’s key objective under the Fixing Country Roads program.”
The $2.25 million Gumble Road upgrade was jointly-funded by the NSW Government and Cabonne Council. Works included the reconstruction and resealing of more than eight kilometres of road from Dowlings Road towards Cumnock.
In addition to the $676,300 provided under the NSW Government’s Restart NSW Fixing Country Roads program, the Gumble Road project also received $1.13 million through the NSW Government’s Rural and Regional Road Fund.
“The Gumble Road upgrade will make it easier for local farmers to take grain to the Graincorp receival site at Manildra, as well as mills operated by the Manildra Group and MSM Milling,” Mr Anderson said.
A final 1.6 kilometre section of Gumble Road will be sealed, to complete the fully sealed 38 kilometre link between Cumnock and Minildra, with funding provided through Cabonne Council’s 2017-18 roads budget.
The $1.89 million Hanover Bridge upgrade, which involved the creation of a new dual land concrete bridge over Hanover Creek on Banjo Patterson Way between Cumnock and Yeoval, has also been completed.
“The new Hanover Bridge is a massive upgrade from the old single lane timber structure, and will greatly enhance the safety of the bridge as well as increasing productivity for freight companies and farmers who rely on this route,” Mr Anderson said.
This bridge upgrade project received $317,500 in funding under the NSW Government’s Restart NSW Fixing Country Roads Program, as well as $945,000 from the Australian Government under the Bridges Renewal Program, with the remaining funds provided by Cabonne Council.
“The improved structure includes the construction of new approaches to overcome poor road alignment to the previous bridge. We are very thankful to Cabonne Council for delivering both these projects, and are confident that these upgrades will have a major impact on both local businesses and the wider community,” Mr Anderson said.
Minister for Roads, Maritime and Freight, Melinda Pavey, said that this was just one example of how the NSW Government is investing in regional areas.
“Freight is worth $60 billion to the NSW economy, and our Government is committed to improving local roads to improve freight efficiency, removing constraints for industry and reducing the cost to market for local businesses,” Ms Pavey said.
“Under the Fixing Country Roads program, we have already committed almost $100 million in funding to deliver 141 road and bridge upgrade projects across the state.”