UPGRADE OF RANGARI ROAD A STEP CLOSER WITH EXPERT PANEL APPOINTMENT

Upgrades for Rangari Road between Manilla and Boggabri are now a step closer to delivery with an expert panel set up to identify up to 15,000 kilometres of council-managed roads in rural and regional NSW.

Member for Tamworth Kevin Anderson said the transfer of these roads from local to state government was a major election commitment and will ease the burden of road costs on councils and local ratepayers. 

“This is fantastic news for our region, I have been working with Tamworth Regional and Gunnedah Shire Councils to get Rangari Road upgraded and sealed and recognition by the panel is an important step for the process.

“I’ll be working hard to ensure the expert panel has these roads right at the top of the list.

“I’ve been meeting regularly with Regional Transport and Roads Minister Paul Toole to keep us on his radar.

“Local roads are one of the biggest issues affecting our region and I have listened to our communities and are determined to deliver a safe and well maintained road network.

“Nearly everyone in our area has a story about a road that isn’t up to scratch and turns their knuckles white when driving on it - and that isn’t good enough.  

“This project is even more important now, with the drought and bushfires heavily impacting regional councils - road maintenance is something they shouldn’t have to manage on their own,” Mr Anderson concluded

Regional Transport and Roads Minister Paul Toole said the Panel will be conducting extensive consultations with councils and other key stakeholders, and is not expected to deliver its report until July 2021 at the earliest. 

“This is a monumental task, with more than 180,000 kilometres of roads across the State’s entire road network and a complicated funding and maintenance program and it’s critical we give the Panel sufficient time to talk to stakeholders and do a thorough review,” Mr Toole said. 

The members of the Panel are:
•             Ms Wendy Machin
•             Mr Peter Duncan AM
•             Ms Jillian Kilby
•             Mr John Roydhouse
•             Mr Michael Kilgariff
•             Mr Peter Tegart

The Panel will meet in the coming month and will prepare a discussion paper and consultation strategy for public release shortly afterwards.

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