Deputy Premier Andrew Stoner, Minister for Roads and Freight Duncan Gay and Member for Tamworth Kevin Anderson today announced the $8.5 million Manilla Road upgrade would be completed in late August, weather permitting.


Mr Stoner said he was pleased Mr Anderson was working to deliver what the community had been demanding for a long time, after years of being overlooked.


“On coming to Government, the NSW Liberals and Nationals said the upgrading of Manilla Road would be a priority and now we have delivered on our promise," Mr Stoner said.


Mr Gay said Manilla Road was a vital link between Tamworth and the city’s northwest, servicing new growth and development areas.


“The upgrade will improve safety and traffic flow, reducing congestion and travel times for the Tamworth community," Mr Gay said.


Mr Anderson today said the project team was making good progress and the upgrade is expected to be delivered in late August.


“This is what the community asked us to do and for I’m very pleased we can deliver such an important project,” Mr Anderson said.


“This is a government which is listening and delivering what regional and rural communities expect and deserve.”


Mr Gay said the NSW Government would spend $2 million this financial year completing the upgrade.


“These local communities were abandoned by former governments but under the Liberals & Nationals they are receiving the funding they need and deserve for safer roads and infrastructure in Country NSW like this black spot funding program,” Mr Gay said.


“That is why I was proud to see a record $5.5 billion allocated in the 2014-15 Budget for roads, maritime and freight projects is a great win for everyone across the state and is particularly strong for country NSW.


“The majority of the investment is for communities in regional and rural NSW, a massive $4 billion for roads, maritime and freight projects in rural and regional NSW.




“This is a Government putting Country NSW at the forefront after years of neglect.”


“Manilla Road has been progressively upgraded since February last year,” Mr Anderson said.


Stage one delivered improvements from Johnston Street to west of Conimbla Crescent, and stage two completed the upgrade to west of Brolga Crescent. Both stages of the upgrade were built together and finished last July.


Stage three is extending the upgrade and safety improvements from Brolga Crescent to west of Lemon Gums Drive.


The roundabout at the intersection of Lemon Gums/ Orley drives and Manilla Road was suggested by local residents when the concept design was put on public display in August last year.

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