In major news for the North West community, the Federal Coalition Government has announced it will fund significant upgrades to the Newell Highway in the Moree and Narrabri areas, with a further investment allocated to the Northern NSW Inland Port in Narrabri.
Federal Member for Parkes Mark Coulton said the investment shows the Government is backing freight productivity and road safety in the North West, and is helping the region to take advantage of the benefits of Inland Rail.
“I’m very pleased this Government is investing in high-priority infrastructure projects in the North West that will ensure people in our community get home sooner and safer, while also delivering more jobs locally,” Mr Coulton said.
“A $205 million investment in the Newell Highway involves heavy duty pavement upgrades along eight sections of road, including five between Narrabri and Moree, and three north of Moree. This will be of major benefit to road safety and freight productivity.
“A $7.8 million investment in the Northern NSW Inland Port in Narrabri involves the construction of an 1800-metre rail siding with slip road infrastructure to facilitate rail loading and storage, maximising the major investment opportunities that Inland Rail will present for our region.”
The announcement comes as part of a $2.7 billion Australian Government investment into New South Wales transport infrastructure to boost the local economy, make roads safer and create thousands of new jobs as part of the Government’s COVID-19 economic recovery plan.
2020-21 BUDGET PROJECTS
|Project||Federal Funding||Total Cost|
|Newell Highway Upgrade – Heavy Duty Pavement Upgrades
This project involves heavy duty pavement upgrades along eight sections of the Newell Highway (five between Narrabri and Moree, and three north of Moree). It will reduce travel times, improve freight productivity and road safety for all road users.
|$205.7 million||$257.2 million|
|Newell Highway Upgrade – Overtaking Lanes
This project involves construction of a minimum of 45 kilometres of new overtaking lanes on the Newell Highway between Tocumwal and Goondiwindi to improve safety, reduce travel times, allow more accurate travel planning and improve freight productivity.
|$60 million||$72 million|
|Northern NSW Inland Port – Narrabri
This project involves construction of an 1,800-metre rail siding with slip road infrastructure to facilitate rail loading and storage capability of the NSW Inland Port logistics and Freight Hub.
|$7.8 million||$7.8 million|