The NSW Government today announced it will invest more than $7 million in a new Tamworth freight rail project.

Member for Tamworth Kevin Anderson was joined by Tamworth Regional Council Mayor Col Murray on site to deliver the good news. 

The Deputy Premier and Minister for Regional NSW John Barilaro said the $7.418 million dollars would go towards repairing and then re-instating the Barraba branch line from West Tamworth to Westdale along Wallamore road.

“This announcement is all about getting the Tamworth region’s incredible produce from paddock to port as quickly and efficiently as possible,” Mr Barilaro said.

“This is a huge milestone for the people, producers and businesses of Tamworth, and it’s an important part of our broader regional freight strategy.

“The project will involve re-energising the old track, improving access and reducing costs for local producers, in turn increasing their export capacity and competitiveness.

“This is just the first stage of a larger project, that will eventually deliver a multi-user Rail Freight Intermodal terminal for the Tamworth region,” he said.

Minister for Roads, Maritime and Freight Melinda Pavey said the rail project will lead to significant reductions in the negative effects of road movements.

“This is great news for the entire state, with freight in the Sydney area set to double in the next 40 years and regional freight to grow by 25 per cent,” Ms Pavey said.

“We have to start looking at the most efficient ways of transporting goods, which is why this investment is a smart one.

“This project will give producers a choice between road and rail when they’re delivering to port, which means lower overall production costs for industry within the region.”

Member for Tamworth and Parliamentary Secretary for Regional Roads and Rail Kevin Anderson said he was delighted to deliver the good news for Tamworth.

“This is fantastic news for our community, an important partnership with Tamworth Regional Council and I’ve fought hard to make it a reality,” Mr Anderson said.

“The re-invigorated Barraba line will bring new opportunities for investment, and provide up to 30 new jobs for the region.

“This proposal is part of our regional economic development strategy, and will be a key driver for our general freight and timber industries.

“We are such a resource-rich and productive region, and this investment by the NSW Government will make it even easier to get those goods to the ports.

Tamworth Region Mayor Col Murray said the project is a real keystone investment that unlocks opportunities for the consolidation of Tamworth as a freight hub.


“There are significant opportunities for new industry and business to locate themselves in the new hub, and this project will bring significant growth to the region.”

Mr Anderson said “I look forward to continuing to work with Tamworth Regional Council to deliver the next stage of this project which will be locking down a private company to build the platform and infrastructure needed.” Mr Anderson concluded.

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