The Newell Highway stretching from Dubbo to Boggabilla is part of a corridor that will benefit from a $510 million investment under the Federal Liberal and Nationals Government’s Roads of Strategic Importance (ROSI) initiative.
Member for Parkes Mark Coulton said part of the investment will address pinch points and impediments to efficient freight movements along the corridor.
“I’m pleased this major investment offers direct economic opportunities for my electorate,” Mr Coulton said.
“This funding injection will drive economic activity by supporting freight efficiencies for businesses. It will also improve access to communities, and stimulate tourism by helping visitors to get around more safely and efficiently.
“I look forward to seeing the opportunities this will provide for rural and regional communities in my electorate.”
Mr Coulton said the corridor to benefit from the $510 million investment begins at Seymour in Victoria and ends at Toowoomba, Queensland, with $300 million of the funding allocated to New South Wales.
Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development Michael McCormack said ROSI is investing in the key freight corridors that connect primary agricultural areas and mining resource regions to ports, airports and other transport hubs.
“The Federal Liberal and Nationals Government has been working with state and territory governments and industry to determine priorities and finalise implementation arrangements, with today’s announcement a great example of the progress made,” Mr McCormack said.
“This significant long term investment will contribute to a stronger economy with more jobs and opportunities for small and medium local companies and their workers.”
More information on ROSI is available at: investment.infrastructure.gov.au/key_projects/initiatives/roads_strategic_importance.aspx
Photo Caption (L-R): Minister for Regional Services Bridget McKenzie, Member for Parkes Mark Coulton, and Gunnedah Shire Council Mayor Jamie Chaffey.