JOBS BOOST WITH $20.2M FUNDING FOR TAMWORTH ENTERPRISE CENTRE
Member for Tamworth Kevin Anderson has announced $20.2 million for Tamworth Regional Council to provide the important infrastructure local businesses need to expand and create jobs and bring to life the Tamworth Enterprise Area industrial precinct.
Mr Anderson said the funding for the Westdale site will provide an important stimulus to develop the Tamworth Enterprise Area.
“The $20.2 million will help to pay for critical roads including a heavy vehicle bypass, a five-way roundabout at the western entrance to the city, as well as an essential central storm water drainage system to create the industrial development.
“Today’s announcement represents a significant move forward for the grand vision for western Tamworth, as a thriving industrial hub.
“I’m always looking at ways I can improve and develop my electorate. I have a strong plan for our future and better roads will help us to move our produce efficiently and keep our motorists safe.
“There has been millions of dollars invested in roads around Tamworth. More than $20 million for Manilla road, $10 million has been announced for the upgrade of Werris Creek Road, $3 million for the design and planning of Goonoo Goonoo Road upgrade.
“The 246-hectare Tamworth Enterprise Area industrial precinct will be a premier business, industry and freight precinct in Northern NSW, providing great economic benefits for the community.
“With this funding, Tamworth Regional Council can now push ahead on the essential works involved in this project, including a vehicle bypass of Taminda to ease congestion and drainage improvements to mitigate issues linked to building on a flood plain.
“Despite the unprecedented drought Tamworth is holding the line and with the right infrastructure it can support its community and local economy. The more we invest locally the more chance of creating jobs for local families we create.
“Tamworth has one of the highest projected population rates in regional NSW and that’s why we are investing in road and water for the Enterprise Area now, so other significant local projects linked directly to job creation can follow,” Mr Anderson concluded.
Deputy Premier and Minister for Regional NSW John Barilaro said the record investment in Tamworth has provided stimulus to help keep the local economy ticking over, despite the fact the region is in the midst of crippling drought.
“We have invested more than $27 million into the Tamworth community in just a few years, including $15.3 million through Growing Local Economies projects to support local industry and create jobs and more than $7 million across a variety of sports projects, Mr Barilaro said.
Tamworth Mayor Col Murray said he is delighted to receive confirmation of the NSW Government grant and confirmed that Tamworth Regional Council would provide a co-contribution of $4.3 million for the $27.5 million project.
“It is heartening to know the funding will be delivered and this first important stage of development for the Enterprise Area can now move forward,” Cr Murray said.
“Funding for this project means Council can progress its plans for the greater western Tamworth area.
“Now this funding has been committed and announced, I look forward to work commencing on this incredibly important precinct for the Tamworth community.”
The $500 million Growing Local Economies Fund is part of the NSW Government’s commitment to the delivery of infrastructure projects which improve the productivity and competitiveness of the state under Restart NSW.
Growing Local Economies is one of the programs in the $1.7 billion Regional Growth Fund, which is delivering the economic, infrastructure and lifestyle improvements that make regional NSW a great place to live, work and play.
For more information, visit: www.nsw.gov.au/regionalgrowth