28 August 2018
Gunnedah Shire Council is pleased to announce a $3.85 million boost from the Federal Government will go towards improving the 17.4 kilometre unsealed section of Grain Valley Road.
The investment falls under the Heavy Vehicle Safety and Productivity Program (HVSPP). With the total upgrade estimated at $8.2 million, Gunnedah Shire Council has also applied for further funding from the State Government’s Fixing Country Roads Program to complete the project.
The road is a significant route for bus and truck drivers, as well as residents and tourists, connecting the Mullaley and Boggabri townships.
Gunnedah Shire Mayor Jamie Chaffey made the announcement on Friday with Mullaley residents, after the news came from Federal Member for Parkes, Mark Coulton’s office.
“I am happy to announce funds have been dedicated to seal the Grain Valley Road,” Cr Chaffey said.
“This is welcoming news for many people and is a testament to the great work of local residents and business owners who have been advocating for the upgrade for years.”
Cr Chaffey said it was pleasing to see the Federal Government’s dedication to improving the livability and productivity of regional areas.
“Thank you to the Federal Government, Deputy Prime Minister Michael McCormack and our MP Mark Coulton for their hard work, support and advocacy to make this happen for the residents of our Shire,” Cr Chaffey said.
“Improving Grain Valley Road will allow for better investment and industry in the area, quicker and safer travel times and improve productivity for heavy vehicles and freight transport.”
Cr Chaffey said sealing the road could also help reduce repairs and maintenance costs for motorists.
Photo caption: Mullaley Bus owner Russell Keam, Mayor Jamie Chaffey, President of the Mullaley School P&C Sheryl Martin and School Principal Benjamin Carter celebrate the news of the funding.
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