Tuesday, August 16, 2022

NSW Govt commits to widen Tamworth road

Tamworth Regional Council Mayor, Russell Webb, has welcomed news that the NSW Government will take over multi-million dollar sealing and widening works for a local road.

The upgrade will see approximately 20 kilometres of Rangari Road sealed and widened to improve the safety and driving conditions of the road, from 3.8 kilometres east of the Gunnedah/Tamworth local government area boundary to the Gunnedah/Narrabri boundary.

“It’s a great outcome for all drivers who use Rangari Road to be assured the road will be sealed,’’ the Mayor said.

“Secondly it’s good to know that our Council and our ratepayers will not be at risk financially from any shortfalls in State Government funding for this important project which has been talked about since 2019 when the Member for Tamworth promised in his election campaign to get the upgrade done.”

Following the NSW Government’s budget announcement on 21 June, Tamworth Regional Council and Gunnedah Shire Council jointly contacted Transport for NSW asking them to provide a pathway forward due to the funding shortfall for the Rangari Road upgrade.

A further $3.3 million was then committed by the NSW Government, however it was insufficient to deliver the project in full.

“Both Tamworth Regional Council and Gunnedah Shire Council have been waiting a week to hear from the NSW Government about how it will move forward – now we have our answer,” Mayor Webb said.

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