The NSW Coalition Government has reaffirmed its commitment to regional NSW after outlining the record funding being spent on regional road and rail networks during question time today.


Parliamentary Secretary for Regional Roads and Rail and Member for Tamworth Kevin Anderson said there is no doubt that regional NSW had been rejected by the Labor Party for 16 years and the information presented by Deputy Premier Troy Grant today supported this.


“As an example of how this Government is delivering for our region the Deputy Premier highlighted that funding has increased by 129 per cent on the New England Highway compared to Labor’s last six years in office.


“We’re seeing massive projects that our community have been calling for finally delivered and or funded under this Government including the second Gunnedah overpass, vital upgrades to Manilla Road between Jewry and Tribe streets, upgrades to the Oxley Highway to include more overtaking lanes and $1.566million for the upgrade of Appleby Lane.


“Our region 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.


“On top of record funding in road infrastructure the $400million Fixing Country Rail program is providing exciting opportunities for regional cities and towns to make freight movements more efficient and increase export opportunities while improving the road maintenance task.


“This program will mean our local rail network has received a funding boost to work up a business case to look at an intermodal freight centre for Tamworth.


“Because we are building a better region we need to ensure that we deliver record funding in regional roads and rail so that we can improve connectivity and enhance efficiency locally and the rest of regional NSW – a massive win for regional communities, economies and the state’s producers,” Mr Anderson concluded.

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